13 May 2016; Calling upon small states to stay engaged multilaterally on climate change, H.E Mr. Ahmed Shiaan, non-resident High Commissioner of Maldives to the UK said: “We cannot consider the Paris Agreement as the end of the process, but the first step towards implementation. This means that small states need to stay engaged not only in formal UNFCCC processes, but also in important parallel efforts happening outside of the Convention among an array of stakeholders”.
Speaking at a panel focused on small states in a changing climate, at the 4th Global Biennial Conference on Small States, he recalled the milestones achieved by SIDS in the Paris Agreement signed at COP 21 in Paris last year, in particular the inclusion of 1.5 C, special case for SIDS and loss and damage. He noted that an unprecedented 175 countries have already signed the agreement on April 22 in NYC and a number of countries, primarily SIDS, have deposited their instruments of ratification. He said he hoped that there will be better support – financial, technological and in capacity building – for both mitigation and adaptation efforts in small states, which SIDS need most. SIDS also need support with their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) and referring to the international community, he said “We are all now required to fulfill the actions that we commit to in our INDCs”.
Under the theme 'Achieving a Resilient Future for Small States', the 4th Global Biennial Conference on Small States was held in Seychelles from 12-13 May 2016. The Conference brought together senior officials from Commonwealth and non-Commonwealth small states, as well as key regional and international development partners.
The conference reviewed the challenges small states face, considered their strategic vision for the future, and examined some of the tools required to achieve their goals.