Environment Conservation

90 days: Resume advocacy in COP24 and grab the world’s attention

November 18, 2018
Dec 2018

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.

Dec 2018

Ex-President Nasheed leaves for COP24 summit

Raajje MV December 05, 2018

Former President Mohamed Nasheed has left for Katowice of Poland to participate in the 24th summit of the UN Conference of the Parties (COP).

Nasheed spoke to journalists before his departure, through the Velana International Airport, and said that the summit will play an important role in how small island states such as the Maldives can address the impact of climate change.

The former president, whose time in office was marked by efforts to raise international awareness on the impact of climate change on low-lying Maldives, said that COP24 will see talks on transferring to renewable energy sources of energy production.

COP summits are part of the United Nations Climate Change conferences held in the framework of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.