Tourism Minister Abdulla Mausoom Meets Ken O'Flaherty, UK's COP 26 Ambassador for Asia

PUBLISHED August 12, 2021 | updated August 12, 2021 00:41

Minister of Tourism Dr Abdulla Mausoom has met with Ken O'Flaherty, UK government's COP26 Regional Ambassador to Asia – Pacific and South Asia.  

On Tuesday (August 10), Minister Mausoom met with Ambassador Ken O'Flaherty and shared updates of the tourism industry’s ongoing and planned sustainable initiatives and projects related to environmental protection. 

Following the fruitful discussion, Ambassador Ken O'Flaherty wrote in a tweet that he was pleased to hear “Maldives Fifth Tourism Master Plan will deliver a new framework for regulating sector and reducing its carbon footprint.” He further emphasized that it will be crucial to ensure the delivery of Maldives’ ambitious target of Net Zero by 2030, which is to reduce emissions by 26%.  

The Regional Ambassador also met with Maldives’ youth climate activists and tourism sector stakeholders during his visit. “The voice of youth is a powerful vector for change,” said Ken. He appreciated the efforts of the youth to deliver real progress in the cause.  

COP 26, the UN climate change conference is set to be held in Glasgow from October 31 to November 12, 2021. The summit brings worldwide parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. 

The UK is committed to working with all countries and joining forces with civil society, companies and people on the frontline of climate change to inspire climate action ahead of COP26. 


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