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23rd February 2021, 19:00

Economy cannot take precedence over climate crisis, Cortes says in climate change meeting

Dr John Cortes has warned that restoring the world’s economy cannot take precedence over dealing with the climate and biodiversity crises.

The Minister for Sustainability, the Environment and Climate Change contributed to a virtual meeting that served as a precursor to COP26 - the Climate Change Summit.

Dr John Cortes represented both Gibraltar and the Overseas Territories in his capacity as Chair of the UK Overseas Territories Environment Ministers Council. 

The theme of the virtual meeting was “One Earth one Future" and participants from around the world discussed the need to reconfigure economies and introduce the real value of biodiversity not economic models.

Dr Cortes’ contribution centred on the need for the international community to guard against detrimental actions to the environment and climate crisis in a post-COVID world.

Dr Cortes says Gibraltar has a contribution to make, adding that during the meeting he was also able to make the case for island communities which are particularly exposed to severe weather events and rising sea levels.

The Climate Change Summit - COP26 - is expected to be held in Glasgow, later in the year.