Maldives took on the role from the outgoing Chair, the Republic of Marshall Islands, in an event focusing on atoll nations held on the sidelines of the 28th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, COP28 in Dubai, UAE on 5th December 2023.
CANCC is a coalition of low-lying atoll nations who stand together to elevate and raise to the forefront their unique vulnerabilities due to their particular geographical nature. The countries within CANCC work to attain recognition for their extreme vulnerability to climate change impacts such as sea level rise, coastal erosion and groundwater salinisation.
Speaking at the CANCC event, Minister Thoriq highlighted the importance of atoll nations working together in solidarity to strengthen the voices of these states who remain on the frontlines of the climate crisis. Minister Thoriq spoke on the value in CANCC members sharing best practices in terms of adaptation to climate change and mitigation. He further emphasised the need for coordinated efforts to maximise the benefits for all atoll nations.