Small Island States (“SIS”) fight a high stakes uphill battle in advocating their interests in climate change treaty negotiation. This class of 43 nations represents only five percent of the world’s population, a miniscule portion of the world’s gross domestic product, and is the most vulnerable class of states to global climate change. The isolation of these states and their limited capacity to adapt to natural disasters stand to aggravate the harmful effects of climate change.
Brindis, Daniel. “What Next for the Alliance of Small Island States in the Climate Change Arena?” Sustainable Development Law & Policy, Winter 2007, 45, 83.