In a decision that took everyone by surprise, the UN Environment Program announced last night that following the intervention of the PM at COP 26, Malta has been appointed as the first ‘national’ guardian in the world of sustainability. for small island states.
The appointment came after the long-awaited PM’s speech in Glasgow where he perceptively warned the conference hall that such small island states were in ‘grave danger’ in an era of climate change.
Echoing a theme, insisting that it is synonymous with his leadership, that of his ministerial colleagues and his administration in general (including his wife), the PM informed world leaders that he and they they needed to ‘walk’ the talk ’and offer‘ our children hope for a better future ’. ‘Talking the walk’ came naturally to his government he noted.
Having provided strong and decisive leadership on sustainability, his government was now ready to provide ‘assistance’ to smaller states to ensure a better future for their children as well. Defending and promoting the rights of all children and future generations (regardless of belief or color) was at the heart of everything he cared for and did.
The PM reminded delegates that Malta was the country that brought climate change to the agenda of the UN General Assembly in 1988 and was now determined to continue that leadership in this era. current. He assured the gathered leaders that his government would spare no effort to contribute as much as possible to climate change.
Stressing the importance of collaboration, the PM said that his regime will continue to work together with the Maltese construction industry, road contractors, metro and tunnels and famous infrastructure planners of the country to achieve its goal.
This once again reinforces Malta’s world leadership role– Robert Abela
His government was now also willing to do the same for other small states as it had done for Malta – ‘we are happy to offer our services, our partners, and our experience to others’. Many small island states around the world benefit immensely from learning from Malta.
This, he said, reaffirms Malta’s role as a world leader.
In terms of environmental issues, no stone is left unused, no shrubs or trees are overlooked and, above all, no wasted opportunities to maximize the impact. environmental. Every state institution, administrators and public employees were all fully committed to this shared goal.
His government, he said, was introducing a new ‘environmental sensitivity index’ reinforced by a public awareness campaign to ensure that everyone does their best to contribute to climate change.
The work on the index and the accompanying educational campaign has been funded by Malta’s construction industry and is led by some of its best-known and self-published magnates.
The Prime Minister drew attention to the research work currently being carried out by the Maltese bird trapping community as an example of the constant public interest in the environment, in all its dimensions.
Another example was the government’s visionary strategy of giving custody of limited wooded areas to Malta’s bird shooting community.
After the PM’s speech, there was some confusion about his use of the phrase eco-development with some delegates misunderstanding it as ego-development. This was the cause of a lot of slight movement among the Maltese delegation.
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