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[11:00 EDT] – Closing Plenary and Earth Day Commemoration

April 22

The closing will receive the key messages from the regional sessions and focus on next steps for maintaining the drive for ambitious climate action towards COP26 and beyond. It will also commemorate Earth Day. The session will be live streamed and feature both pre-recorded high-level statements from Ministers of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) and specially invited guests from governments, the United Nations, and the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform.
Plenary Chair:
  • Lois M. Young, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Belize to the United Nations


Summary of Key Messages:
  • Carlos Fuller, Lead Negotiator on Climate Change, AOSIS


  • Yannick Glemarec, Executive Director, Green Climate Fund
  • Achim Steiner, Administrator of UNDP
  • Francesco La Camera, Director-General of IRENA


High-Level Dialogue:
  • Sonam P Wangdi, Chair of the Least Developed Countries Group on Climate Change
  • Pasang Dolma Sherpa, Executive Director, Center for Indigenous Peoples’ Research and Development (CIPRED) & Co-facilitator Facilitative Working Group of Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform (LCIPP) of UNFCCC
  • Selwin Hart, Special Adviser and Assistant Secretary-General for Climate Action, United Nations
  • Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary, UNFCCC
  • Omar Figueroa, Minister of Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, and Sustainable Development, Belize
Keynote closing speakers
  • Sergio Costa, Minister of Environment, Italy
  • Alok Sharma, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and COP 26 President, United Kingdom

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April 22
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AOSIS Website


Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS)