The Republic of the Marshall Islands is one of three nations that have responded to the urgent call to meet the Paris Agreement deadline — the historic climate action agreement signed by nearly 200 nations in 2015.
Aside from the RMI, Suriname and Norway also met the February cut-off which was set as part of the agreement to submit updated climate action plans before the next UN Climate Change Conference in November this year.
While the Marshall Islands only contribute a small percentage out of the overall global greenhouse gas emission rate, the country has a history of climate change leadership brought on by its vulnerability as a small island developing state.
In its updated action plan, the Marshall Islands is proposing a 32 percent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2025, and eventually, attain net-zero emissions by 2050.
For the first time, the UK will host this year’s COP26 conference in Glasgow. The climate talks will bring together over 30,000 representatives from different countries —- including heads of state, climate experts and environmental advocates.