President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih named former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al Hussein as an advisor to the Maldives delegation to the United Nations climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, on Monday.
President Solih arrived in Glasgow on October 31st, accompanied by a high-level Maldives delegation. The president met with Prince Zeid during his visit to attend the COP26.
During the meeting, President Solih emphasized Prince Zeid’s help to the Maldives as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and expressed gratitude for the new partnership.
The president highlighted that climate change is a crucial issue for the Maldives, which is a low-lying island nation where the consequences of climate change are visible. He said he believes that COP26 will be a critical summit for the Maldives.
Furthermore, President Solih and Prince Zeid reviewed the present issues that small island developing countries confront in dealing with climate disaster. They discussed how access to money is one of the most difficult difficulties confronting small island states like the Maldives, which are in desperate need of further help to develop resilience and adapt to climate change. There was more discussion on the Maldives’ emphasis at COP26.
President Solih added that the Maldives delegation is honored to have him advise them on climate change and expressed optimism that this cooperation, with his broad experience in the global community, will bring tremendous value to the efforts.
Prince Zeid is the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the International Peace Institute (IPI). Previously, from 2014 to 2018, he served as the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, following a long career as a Jordanian diplomat, including as his country’s Permanent Representative to the UN (2000-2007 & 2010-2014) and Ambassador to the United States (2007-2010).