Press Release on a Side Event at Rio +20 by the Maldivian Ministry of Housing and Environment
With no concrete action taken to date to address climate change at the
global level, reducing disaster risk and building resilience is utmost
to Maldives and other SIDS. For SIDS, without addressing climate change,
there can be no sustainable development, as climate change resilience
is a prerequisite for the very existence of our nation states.
As nation states get together to secure renewed political commitment
for sustainable development, assess the progress to date and the
remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major
summits on sustainable development, and address new and emerging
challenges, Rio+20 presents an important opportunity for the Maldives
and other SIDS to showcase to the world, the special challenges that
SIDS face in achieving sustainable development targets.
The side event will be hosted in collaboration with UNDP in
Maldives, our biggest development partner. As is the case of many SIDS,
with continuous support from the United Nations system, the Maldives has
made significant progress towards achieving sustainable development and
the Millennium Development Goals.
Specifically, the Maldives would like to demonstrate the lessons
learned and how other SIDS benefit from these experiences.. In addition
to its international obligations, the Maldives has taken bigger steps
towards sustainable development, including the voluntary carbon neutral
We wish to contribute to the outcome of the Rio+20 by highlighting
the challenges of SIDS to the world community, so that our special
circumstances are given due consideration at the summit.