In a significant announcement made during the celebration of the 52nd Union Day of the United Arab Emirates at Hotel Jen, the President of Maldives, Dr. Mohamed Muizzu, revealed that he will be attending the upcoming COP-28 in Dubai later this month. The President underscored the crucial role of this year's Conference of the Parties (COP) meeting, particularly for small island developing countries like Maldives.
Addressing the ceremony, President Muizzu expressed the urgency for collective action in addressing the global environmental challenges that disproportionately affect nations with limited landmass, such as the Maldives. He highlighted the importance of utilizing the Loss and Damage Fund to ensure positive outcomes during the first-ever Global Stock Take, emphasizing the need for international cooperation.
"The use of the Loss and Damage Fund should be facilitated to ensure that good results are achieved in the first-ever Global Stock Take," stated President Muizzu, emphasizing the significance of effective financial mechanisms to mitigate and address the impacts of climate change.
Furthermore, the President stressed the importance of collaborative efforts to safeguard the world's environment, indicating that every nation must work together to protect and preserve the planet for future generations.
President Muizzu affirmed Maldives' commitment to supporting the success of COP-28 and pledged full cooperation with the United Arab Emirates to ensure positive outcomes for the conference. The announcement comes as nations around the world gear up for the COP-28 summit, a crucial gathering aimed at addressing pressing environmental issues and advancing global efforts to combat climate change.
The ceremony, where the announcement was made, was attended by several distinguished guests, including Vice President Al-Ustaz Hussain Mohammed Lateef (Sembe), and various state officials. The participation of the Maldivian delegation in COP-28 reflects the nation's dedication to environmental sustainability and its proactive role in international climate change initiatives.