Maldives attends Bonn Climate Change talks

Wednesday, 1 April 2009 08:10

The Seventh session of the Ad-hoc Working Group on further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) and Fifth session of the Ad-hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA) began yesterday in Bonn, Germany. The talks are to take place from Sunday 29 March to Wednesday 8 April 2009 in Maritim Hotel.

The Maldives delegation participating in the talks is headed by Director General of the Ministry of Housing, Transport and Environment Amjad Abdulla, accompanied by the ministry’s Environment Analyst, Ali Lishan and First Secretary of the Maldives Permanent Mission to the UN in Geneva Shazra Abdul Sattar. Maldives is the lead coordinator on adaptation issues under the AWG LCA on behalf of G77/China and as the former chair of the LDCs, takes up responsibility and coordination of negotiations on thematic areas such as shared vision, mitigation, adaptation, finance and technology.

Maldives expressed its positions through the statements made by the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), and the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), for stabilizing greenhouse gas concentrations below 350 parts per million (ppm) and limiting temperature increases to below 1.5ºC. Maldives more specifically emphasized the human dimension of climate change and the range of implications, both direct and indirect and highlighted that these implications will be felt on the most vulnerable. Maldives also expressed concern with attempts to conflate adaptation funding with official development assistance, underscoring the need for adaptation technologies and urged the AWG-LCA to establish concrete mechanisms for their deployment.


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