Minister for Environment and ClimateChange John Cortes was a panellist on Friday at COP28, the UN Climate Summit in the United Arab Emirates in a discussion on Net Zero and the Paris
Agreement in small territories. The panel session was introduced, chaired and moderated by U.K.
Climate Minister Graham Stuart. They were joined by the Deputy Premier of Bermuda Hon Walter
Roban and Environment Ministers from Deputy Lindsay de Sausmarez Guernsey) and Deputy
Jonathan Renouf (Jersey).
MinisterCortes explained the steps Gibraltar has taken towards reducing its carbon footprints and
the challenges and possibilities the journey means for Gibraltar.
This was followed by a private meetingwith Minister Stuartin which future involvementin the COP
process and Climate Finance were discussed together with other matters of mutual interest.
MinisterCortes also participated in an event on the environmentin general in Overseas Territories
where he expressed the collective views ofthe Territories in relation to their aspirations. This latter
event was attended by former Overseas Territories Minister Lord Zac Goldsmith.