23 June 2012, Male'; President Dr Mohamed Waheed has briefed participants of The Maldives Story, a session organized by the Maldives as a side event at the Rio+20 Summit, on the government’s environment and economic policies.
Speaking at the event, the President emphasised on the Maldives’ commitment to making it a countrywide biosphere reserve by 2017. Highlighting the many potential challenges to be faced in achieving this target, the President noted that everyone’s contribution was required in taking this vital step, both financially and technically.
In his speech, the President also underlined the unique environmental challenges being faced in the Maldives. Stressing the vitality of biodiversity to the Maldives, the President reiterated the Maldives’ commitment to the Rio Principles and to Agenda 21.
President Waheed spoke on the government’s policies and initiatives in protecting and enhancing the ecosystem, and in securing a more sustainable economic future of the Maldives. Further, the President said that the Maldives remains committed to its targets for carbon neutrality, and to adapting to renewable energy.