PRESS BRIEFING BY MONICA VILLELA GRAYLEY, SPOKESPERSON FOR GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT ABDULLA SHAHID

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PGA Shahid starts first official visit to the Maldives since taking office

President Abdulla Shahid has arrived in the Maldives for his first official visit to the country since taking office as the General Assembly leader.

Earlier today, he held a press conference with the President of the Maldives, H.E. Mr. Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.

The PGA spoke about his “Presidency of Hope” and noted that the Maldives is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world – to environmental disasters, climate change, economic shock, supply chain disruptions and other factors, but even when confronted with challenges, “Maldivians never give up hope and keep working for a better tomorrow”.

Mr. Shahid met with other authorities including the Vice President and the Chief Justice. They discussed ways of strengthening the voice of Small Island Developing States in topics such as climate adaptation and financing ahead of COP-26.

The PGA also held a conversation with approximately 70 students in Male and listened to their concerns on climate change.

Mr. Shahid promised to take their suggestions on climate actions to international leaders during his High-Level Meeting on this subject on 26 October.

GA President to resume discussions with Permanent Representatives in the “Holhuashi Dialogues”

Here in New York, next week, on 15 October, Mr. Abdulla Shahid will resume the former Morning Dialogues or the informal discussions with Permanent Representatives to the United Nations.

He will continue conversations on the substantive and practical aspects of the work of the Assembly in line with GA resolution 72/313.

Mr. Shahid will call them the “Holhuashi Dialogues”, a tradition from the Maldives, which consists of a meeting space open to the entire island.

A place for discussions, ideas and interactions about issues that are important for the community.

These meetings, here in New York, will be held under Chatham House rules, and in the interest of transparency, an informal summary will be shared with Member States.

The first “Holhuashi Dialogues”, which is to be held on 15 October, will be about Climate Change and Humanitarian Situations.

PGA to convene High-Level meeting on Delivering Climate Action on 26 October

President Abdulla Shahid will convene the High-Level Meeting “Delivering Climate Action: for People, for Planet and for Prosperity” on 26 October.

This event will have a hybrid format during two segments starting from 10am. to 1pm. and from 3pm. to 6pm. ahead of COP-26.

The meeting will focus on the gap between current and required technical and financial capacities to achieve the 1.5-degree Celsius target and how that gap can be met through showcasing best practices. The High-Level meeting will also take stock of the ambition-raising initiatives from Member States and stakeholders.

We will bring you more details over the next days.

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