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The Governing Council, Remaining deeply concerned that all countries, in particular developing countries, including the least developed countries and small island developing States as well as countries with economies in transition, face increased risks from the negative effects of climate change, and stressing the need to address adaptation needs relating to such effects, Recalling the provisions of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, including the acknowledgement that the global nature of climate change calls for the widest possible cooperation by all countries and their participation in an effective and appropriate international response in accordance with their common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities and social and economic conditions, Noting the significance of the scientific findings of the fourth assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which contribute positively to the discussions under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the understanding of the phenomenon of climate change, including its impacts and risks, Determined to maintain the spirit of international solidarity and commitment generated by the outcomes of the thirteenth session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the third session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol, held in Bali, Indonesia, from 3 to 15 December 2007, as well as the Bali Action Plan (also known informally as the “Bali Roadmap”), Reaffirming its commitment to support efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change, which are interlinked with efforts to reduce significantly the loss of biodiversity, promote desertification control, eradicate extreme poverty and famine, promote sustainable development and improve the lives of affected or vulnerable populations, Invites the United Nations Economic and Social Council to consider a proposal for the proclamation of an International Decade for addressing Climate Change for the period 2010–2020, bearing in mind General Assembly resolution 61/185 of 20 December 2006 on the proclamation of international years, and to inform the United Nations General Assembly prior to its sixty-third session.