Biodiversity is an abbreviation of the two words; ‘biological’ and ‘diversity’. The term simply refers to all life on earth at all its variable stages. It is valued for what it provides for humans and the value it has in its own right; independent of its value to anyone or anything else. However, biodiversity loss is a pressing global issue as of right now due to natural and human impacts, and it is vital that the matter not be ignored for sustainable development of the world. On a positive note, stakeholders all over the world are working collectively to deal with all matters pertaining to biodiversity.
A United Nations Summit on Biodiversity was convened yesterday with focus on the theme; “Urgent action on biodiversity for sustainable development”, in which the Maldives had taken part in as well. Our President his excellency, Mr. Ibrahim Mohamed Solih delivered his remarks virtually. He noted that the major factor determining the earth’s well-being was human activity. He encouraged the global community to harness scientific knowledge and technological prowess beneficial to face biodiversity issues.
The President also highlighted the Climate Resilient Island Initiative of Maldives which was presented on the sidelines of the 74th General Assembly; a “model that other small island states can use to develop sustainably, by conserving eco-rich areas, phasing out single-use plastics, and rapidly transiting to renewable energy.”
He further highlighted other projects the country has been engaged in regarding sustainable development; one being a partner to Blue Prosperity Coalition, global alliance of ocean experts dedicated to growing blue economies and preserving the ocean’s health, and two being, a Founder and Co-Chair Group of Friends to Combat Marine Plastic in which the Government has set goal on phasing out single use plastic by the year 2023, completely.
Finally, the President had assured the global community, yet again, that Maldives is always read to engage with the rest of the world to tackle issues threatening the earth’s well-being, as this was of utmost important to us as an island nation extremely vulnerable consequences arising from loss of biodiversity.