We are not prepared to die: Nasheed at COP24
The Edition December 16, 2018
Former President Mohamed Nasheed urged the international community to make urgent commitments to reduce global carbon emissions at the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24).
"We are not going to become the first victims of the climate crisis," stated Nasheed to delegates of 196 countries attending the climate talks intended to finalise the 'rule book' under which the 2015 Paris Agreement will be implemented.
"Climate change is a national security issue for us. It is an existential threat," stated Nasheed. Despite the pressing need for progress, several participating nations of COP24 disagree on the technicalities of cutting fossil fuel emissions. Nasheed referred to the lack of progress, stating that the same 'dinosaur language' of previous years was still used despite increased urgency.
Maldives is extremely vulnerable to climate change, with the 2018 report of the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), predicting that a 1.5C increase in global temperatures will have irreversible impacts on the entire nation.