President Mohamed Nasheed and First Lady Laila Ali have returned to the Maldives after their visit to South Korea for the B4E Business for Environment Summit.
They were greeted by members of the government and a large crowd of people who gathered at jetty number one to congratulate the president on the Champion of the Earth Award he received last week.
He said he was honoured to receive the prize and it was a testament to Maldivians’ efforts to bring the issue of climate change to the global stage.
President Mohamed Nasheed met with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak last Thursday as part of his visit to Seoul for the B4E Summit.
President Nasheed and President Lee discussed bilateral relations between the two countries and spoke of ways to strengthen mutual cooperation.
President Nasheed said South Korea and the Maldives could work together especially in the areas of fisheries and the environment.
He also spoke of business and investment opportunities in the Maldives.
President Lee commended the Maldivian president for his efforts to bring the issue of climate change to a global platform and for his role in bringing democracy to the Maldives.
Speaking at the Business for Environment Global Summit (B4E), President Mohamed Nasheed said the price of carbon should be global because we live in a global economy.
President Nasheed said stating a price on carbon would “unleash tremendous change” and develop a market for cleaner technologies.
“Some countries are still arguing development means becoming dirtier and dirtier as they become richer and richer,” the president said, noting that the goal for carbon-neutrality “will soon need to be done everywhere else.”
President Nasheed said although becoming carbon neutral and combating climate change was urgent, he had faith that human ingenuity would “allow us to flourish indefinitely.”
He said in this time of change there would be uncomfortable uncertainties as well as new opportunities, and urged the world to “leave behind the dirty economy of the 20th century.”
President Nasheed and the First Lady Laila Ali are currently in Seoul, in the Republic of South Korea, for the B4E Summit.
President Nasheed has been awarded the UN’s ‘Champion of the Earth Award’ for his work to combat climate change and will receive his trophy tonight in Seoul.
President Mohamed Nasheed and First Lady Laila Ali departed for South Korea last night.
They will be participating in the Business for Environment Global Summit (B4E Summit) which will take place in Seoul from 21-23 April.
The summit allows for dialogue and business-driven action for the environment, with some of the topics on the agenda being resource efficiency, renewable energy and climate change policies and strategies.
During their visit, President Nasheed will also meet with the President of South Korea, Lee Myung-Bak, to discuss ways of strengthening diplomatic relations between the two countries.
President Mohamed Nasheed has confirmed his participation in the upcoming B4E Business for Environment Global Summit in Seoul, Republic of South Korea, from 21-23 April, reports Miadhu.
The summit is an international summit for dialogue and business-driven action for the environment, with some of the topics on the agenda being resource efficiency, renewable energy and climate change policies and strategies.
CEOs and senior executives will join politicians, international agencies and NGOs to discuss bridging the fight against climate change and the business world.