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AOSIS Ministers call for ambitious and legally binding agreement in Paris

25 September 2015 : 19:57

Ministers of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) met today for the first time under the Maldives Chairmanship, at United Nations Headquarters in New York.
The meeting was focused on climate change, given that there is few months left for the Twenty First Conference of the Parties of the UN Climate Change Convention to commence in Paris. AOSIS has actively engaged in the process over the five-years since the process to draft the new agreement initiated. AOSIS as a group has put forward several elements for the new agreement that the group believes is absolutely necessary for their survival.
In today’s meeting, Ministers discussed political issues related to the 2015 Agreement. The three major discussions took place around on how to strategise in including loss and damage, differentiation, and finance for implementation in the agreement. Ministers provided the AOSIS negotiators with clear mandate on dealing with these critical issues for AOSIS.
AOSIS Ministers were also briefed and updated on issues with regard to Sustainable Development. Ministers acknowledged the work undertaken by AOSIS negotiators for a comprehensive work in negotiating the Post 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. Additionally, Ministers had in depth discussion on ways to implement the Sustainable Development Agenda within the agreed SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway.
The meeting was Chaired by H.E. Thoriq Ibrahim, Minister of Environment and Energy of Maldives. At the closure of the meeting Minister H.E. Thoriq Ibrahim urged countries to agree on an ambitious legally binding agreement in Paris and to mobilize resources for implementation of Post 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
Ministers, even though raised the concern over the pace of negotiations building up to the 2015 agreement, were confident for a successful outcome in Paris.