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[16:30 EDT] – Opening of the Placencia Ambition Forum
The opening session will set the stage for the Placencia Ambition Forum, highlighting the criticality of sustaining positive momentum for ambitious climate action, with 2020 being a milestone year.
The session will be live streamed and feature both pre-recorded high-level statements from Ministers representing all three regions of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) and specially invited guests from the United Nations.
- Lois M. Young, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Belize to the United Nations
- Omar Figueroa, Minister of Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, and Sustainable Development, Belize
- Rt. Honourable Dean Oliver Barrow, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of Belize
Special Guest Message:
- His Excellency Mr. António Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations
- Alok Sharma, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and COP 26 President, United Kingdom
- Carolina Schmidt, Minister of Environment and COP 25 President, Chile
- Sergio Costa, Minister of Environment, Italy
- Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary, UNFCCC
- Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu, High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States
High-level participation from:
- Hussein Rasheed Hassan, Minister or Environment, Maldives
- Satyendra Prasad, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Fiji to the UN
- Tina Steger, Marshall Islands Climate Envoy
Other nominated AOSIS Ministers and representatives