As Chair of the European Parliament Delegation for relations with the countries of South Asia Jean today welcomed H.E. Ahmed Sareer, Permanent Representative of Maldives to the United Nations and Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), to the European Parliament.
Together they called on the European Union and other international stakeholders to work together to speed up implementation of the Paris Agreement and give new impetus to global action on climate change.
The link between the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was also highlighted during the meeting, as participants emphasised how fighting climate change will also help achieve the seventeen SDGs and vice-versa.The importance of Goal fourteen of the SDGs, which is dedicated to the conservation of oceans and seas, was given particular consideration due to its specific relevance to to small islands developing states.
Speaking following the meeting Jean said “Low lying island states, like the Maldives are particularly vulnerable to the threat of climate change. Now more than ever, the EU needs to lead the charge working to achieve the SDGs and fighting to achieve deeper emission cuts to limit global warming to below 1.5 degrees Celsius in keeping with the Paris Agreement. There is growing concern about commitments from the US and other developed countries in terms of action an climate change and we must all work together to protect the legitimacy and integrity of the Paris Agreement”.