Thursday, 05 June 2014

Timely global action a must in addressing climate change – ‎President Yameen

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The President of Maldives, His Excellency Abdulla Yameen Abdul ‎Gayoom, in his message on the occasion of World Environment Day 2014, ‎has called for timely global action in addressing climate change. ‎
Quoting from the findings of the Working Group II of the ‎Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the President emphasized ‎that changes in climate have caused impacts on natural and human systems ‎on all continent and across the oceans. ‎
“The quantity and quality of water resources are being affected. Climate ‎change is negatively impacting crop yields as well. Impacts from recent climate-‎related extremes reveal significant vulnerabilities and expose some ecosystems ‎and many human systems to current climate vulnerability. At the forefront of ‎those facing the effects of climate change are communities living in the world’s ‎low-lying regions and small island states”, the President highlighted.‎
Elaborating on the theme of this year’s Environment Day, “Raise Your ‎Voice, Not the Sea Level”, President Yameen welcomed the special focus ‎which will be afforded to small island nation states such as the Maldives, ‎particularly in line with the United Nations designating 2014 as the ‎International Year of Small Island Developing States. ‎
He also noted that the threats posed by sea level rise were initially ‎brought to global attention by Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom. ‎The President further noted that the Maldives has, from 1987 onwards, been ‎championing worldwide awareness and action against environmental ‎degradation.‎
The President's Office

Republic of the Maldives

Website: www.presidencymaldives.gov.mv

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