Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Climate Change John Cortes will be travelling to Glasgow this week to attend COP26. This is the Global Summit on Climate Change, and John Cortes will be part of the UK Delegation. As well as representing Gibraltar, Prof Cortes, is Chair of the UK OT Environment Ministers’ Council. He has has been one of the delegates selected at a meeting of the Environment Ministers of all the Territories to represent the UK Overseas Territories at the Conference.

While in Glasgow the Minister will, among other engagements, take part in a session on Environment in Education. He will be talking at an event on Saturday, which has been designated ‘Nature Day’. Also on Saturday the Overseas Territories will be publishing a joint statement on the Environment, while Gibraltar’s own Climate Change Strategy will be published during the course of COP26.

Minister for the Environment, Sustainability and Climate Change, the Hon Prof. John Cortes, said. “I am looking forward to joining the discussions in Glasgow on behalf of Gibraltar. I am honoured to also be representing friends and colleagues in other Overseas Territories, with whom I have worked closely over many years. Being surrounded by sea, and many being in tropical areas and subject to severe weather events. The OTs, like other island states, are directly threatened by Climate Change, much more so than mainland UK. The OTs also collectively hold approximately 95% of the biodiversity on British soil. It will be important to network with others and also to update information on new green technologies as well as promoting Gibraltar’s intention to access Green Finance opportunities”.

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