Malta is taking a leadership role in tackling climate change by supporting small states on climate action through capacity building offered by the Commonwealth Small States Centre of Excellence.
Malta’s leadership role involves encouraging the commonwealth community, particularly the 31 small states out of the 53 countries, to make their voice heard on the adverse effects of climate change, and to promote the implementation of the Agenda 2030 on sustainable development.
This was stated by Minister for Foreign Affairs Carmelo Abela during the Commonwealth Symposium on Climate Finance and Small States organised in Malta. He called on the commonwealth community to reaffirm their commitment to the Paris Agreement on climate change, and warned small island states that they are among the ones to suffer most from climate change, due to sea-level and climate variability.
Abela also mentioned Malta’s current work on the development of its strategy at transforming Malta into a low-carbon and climate resilient country by 2050. Furthermore, he mentioned Malta’s initiative to completely eradicate the use of cars which depend on fossil fuels.
He concluded by noting that small states like Malta are in a unique position to contribute to the common good of an international community, due to their size and lack of major vested interests.