President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has left for Glasgow, Scotland, ahead of next week’s United Nations climate summit, after completing his trip to Dubai to attend Expo 2020.
Aminath Shauna, Minister of Environment, Climate Change, and Technology, and Special Envoy for Climate Change, Sabra Ibrahim Noordeen, together with a high-level government team, will join President Solih on his trip to the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference (COP26).
The president is planned to deliver the National Statement at the conference, as well as participate in numerous high-level summits and debates, along with bilateral meetings with other state leaders, during COP26.
The climate conference is a critical event for the Maldives and an opportunity to address the nation’s long-term development goals on a global scale, with the country outlining aspirations to achieve Net Zero emissions by 2030.
During previous global conferences, President Solih has been outspoken about the budgetary challenges and climate risks that Small Island Developing States (SIDS) confront.
More than 190 international leaders, as well as tens of thousands of negotiators, government officials, entrepreneurs, and individuals, are expected to attend the summit, which will be hosted by the United Kingdom in collaboration with Italy.