LONDON Apr 03 (APP):The COP26 UN Climate Change Conference, set to take place in Glasgow (United Kingdom) in November this year, has been
postponed due to COVID-19, a UK Government statement said.
According to the statement, this decision has been taken by representatives of the COP Bureau of the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change), with the UK and its Italian partners.
It added that the dates for a rescheduled conference in 2021, hosted in Glasgow by the UK in partnership with Italy, will be set out in due course following further discussion with parties.
The UK government statement observed that in light of the ongoing, worldwide effects of COVID-19, holding an ambitious, inclusive COP26 in November 2020, was no longer possible.
“Rescheduling will ensure all parties can focus on the issues to be discussed at this vital conference and allow more time for the necessary preparations to take place. We will continue to work with all involved to increase climate ambition, build resilience and lower emissions”, the statement said.
COP26 President-Designate and UK 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”,Alok Sharma said.
Meanwhile United Nations (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”.
She added that in the meantime, “we continue to support and to urge nations to significantly boost climate ambition in line with the Paris Agreement”, .
Similarly,Italian Minister for the Environment, Land and Sea Protection, Sergio Costa, said:”Whilst we have decided to postpone COP26, including the Pre-COP and ‘Youth for the Climate’ event, we remain fully committed to meeting the challenge of climate change”.
Tackling climate change requires strong, global and ambitious action.
He added that participation from the younger generations was imperative, and “we are determined to host the ‘Youth for the Climate’ event, together with the Pre-COP and outreach events”.
“We will continue to work with our British partners to deliver a successful COP26″,COP25 President, Minister Carolina Schmidt, said: the decision of the Bureau on the postponement of COP26 was unfortunately a needed measure to protect all delegates and observers.
Our determination is to make sure that the momentum for climate ambition will continue, particularly for the preparation and submissions of new NDCs this year”, she remarked.