The launch of Climate Diplomacy Week 2019 kicked off with the inauguration of a photo exhibition by Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici in the presence of the participating heads of the diplomatic representations.
The photo exhibition focuses on the impact of climate on cultural heritage and is displaying a series of photos which show the impact of climate change in the countries.
The European Commission Representation in Malta, with the kind assistance of Heritage Malta, is displaying photos that clearly show the impact of climate on the Mnajdra Temples.
Speaking at the launch, Minister Owen Bonnici stated that “our heritage and history form an intrinsic part in the shaping of our identity, and this can be seen through the numerous historic monuments and sites found around our islands, depicting our country’s extensive history and its impact on us as a nation.” Owen Bonnici referred to numerous restorations works which have been done and are being carried out throughout the islands to protect these historic buildings.
“Climate change is a global issue, which affects us all, and through this week, we aim to foster more awareness on what could be done to address the impact of climate change on cultural heritage,” he added.
The exhibition forms part of the activities organised to by the European Commission Representation in Malta together with the diplomatic representations of France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom, and the Climate Action Board.
The launch event also included the screening of the movie Kakota, which recounts the story of the inhabitants of a small island in East Africa who live on the front lines of climate change and how they have managed to innovatively adapt to a warming climate while reforesting their island.
The short movie was followed by a panel discussion moderated by Professor Simone Borg, Malta’s Ambassador for Climate Change.
The scope of the Climate Diplomacy Week is to foster dialogue and cooperation on climate change, showcase success stories and inspire further action.
During this week, EU delegations and embassies around the world organise various events which include conferences, citizens’ debates, exhibitions, film screenings and other outreach activities bringing together a wide range of stakeholders and communities.
The photo exhibition will run at St James Cavalier, Valletta from the 10th to the 20th of October 2019.