The UK’s Minister for energy, clean growth and climate change Anne-Marie Trevelyan is in Malawi for a week-long visit.
Her visit is aiming at advancing areas of collaboration between the UK and Malawi in tackling climate change in the lead up yo COP26 and beyond.
According to a statement released by the British High Commission in Lilongwe, Trevelyan, who is also the UK International Champion on Adaptation and Resilience for the COP26 Presidency, will seek to understand how Malawi is adapting to climate change impacts and playing its part on international climate action.
In her position, as champion, Trevelyan leads discussions between national governments, the international community and business on adaptation and resilience (A&R). As such, she works towards supporting countries, including those most affected by climate change, to increase action to adapt to its impacts and build resilience for the future.
During her time in the country, she is expected to meet business leaders, women and youth groups, development partners and government leaders at the forefront of interventions aimed at supporting communities and Malawi at large to adapt to climate change, build resilience and support sustainable economic growth.
Speaking ahead of the visit, Trevelyan said: “Like many developing countries, Malawi has contributed only a tiny fraction of global carbon emissions and yet it is on the frontline of climate change, suffering the devastating impacts. The UK’s COP26 Presidency is committed to protecting vulnerable communities from climate impacts, by driving global action on adaptation, and so I look forward to seeing and hearing about Malawi’s own experiences and efforts, and discussing how we can further work together to build the resilience of communities and countries around the world.”
Trevelyan’s visit comes as the UK prepares to host the UN climate change conference COP26 this November in Glasgow in partnership with Italy.