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President Muizzu Calls for Collaborative Partnerships to Achieve SIDS4 Climate Goals

President H.E. Dr. Mohamed Muizzu urged Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and regional and international stakeholders to explore collaborative partnerships to transform the ambitious objectives of the Fourth International Conference on SIDS (SIDS4) into tangible climate action. He made these remarks while delivering his keynote address at the side event "From Ambition to Practice: Advancing SIDS4 Goals Through the Climate Smart Resilient Island (CSRI) Initiative" at SIDS4 in Antigua and Barbuda.
President Dr. Muizzu emphasized the remarkable resilience and unwavering determination of SIDS despite their small size. He called on governments to take ambitious action to address the climate crisis, highlighting that continuing "business-as-usual" practices is insufficient.
In his statement, President Muizzu highlighted the Climate Smart Resilient Island (CSRI) Initiative, spearheaded by the Maldives. This initiative connects SIDS and development partners for inter-regional collaboration, utilizing unique geographies and streamlining development efforts through peer learning across island nations. The goal is to deliver a holistic approach to combat the adverse effects of climate change.
The President concluded his remarks by encouraging support for initiatives that bring about realistic solutions, moving beyond incremental progress towards transformational adaptation, and enhancing the well-being of SIDS communities.
The "From Ambition to Practice: Advancing SIDS4 Goals Through the Climate Smart Resilient Island (CSRI) Initiative" event was organized by the Ministry of Climate Change, Environment and Energy in collaboration with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.