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COP26 postponed due to Covid-19

Words: Laura Edgar
Climate change

The COP26 UN climate change crisis has been postponed until 2021 because of the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

It had been due to take place in Glasgow this November.

The decision has been made by representatives of the COP Bureau of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), alongside the UK and its Italian partners.

The dates for the conference in 2021 will be set out in due course, according to a government statement. It will be still be hosted in Glasgow by the UK, in partnership with Italy.

The rescheduling of the conference is intended to guarantee that all parties can focus on the issues to be discussed and allow more time for the necessary preparations to take place.

COP26 president-designate and Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Alok Sharma said: “The world is currently facing an unprecedented global challenge and countries are rightly focusing their efforts on saving lives and fighting Covid-19. That is why we have decided to reschedule COP26.

“We will continue working tirelessly with our partners to deliver the ambition needed to tackle the climate crisis and I look forward to agreeing a new date for the conference.”

UN Climate Change Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa said: “Covid-19 is the most urgent threat facing humanity today, but we cannot forget that climate change is the biggest threat facing humanity over the long term.

“Soon, economies will restart. This is a chance for nations to recover better, to include the most vulnerable in those plans, and a chance to shape the 21st century economy in ways that are clean, green, healthy, just, safe and more resilient.

“In the meantime, we continue to support and to urge nations to significantly boost climate ambition in line with the Paris agreement.”

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