COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow could be postponed again due to Covid
Major international climate talks due in Glasgow may be postponed a second time, according to reports.
The Cop26 meeting was scheduled to take place at the Scottish Events Campus in Glasgow – which has instead been turned into a temporary Covid-19 field hospital – in November last year.
But an announcement in May 2020 from the United Nations climate body, the UNFCCC, and the UK government said the summit would be postponed to 2021 in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
Now, according to a Sky News report, the climate change summit may have to be postponed for the second time – otherwise it risks being “drastically changed.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is currently working to ensure the event can be held in person, with vaccinations and robust testing planned.
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However, two government sources told Sky News that the Glasgow summit could be further delayed, with signs the pandemic is worsening in parts of the world.
The decision rests not only with Downing Street, but with the United Nations, as well as the Scottish government.
A government source told Sky News: “There is too much uncertainty. It will depend on what public health rules are put in place by then, and what happens with the delegate’s vaccinations.”
However, the UK government has denied claims that the United Nations Climate Change Conference (Cop26) could be postponed.
A spokesperson said they were not looking to postpone the summit and were “working closely with all partners and exploring what different scenarios might mean for COP26”.
They say the Covid situation is being watched closely.
When asked if Cop26 would be postponed or scaled back, a No 10 source said: “I haven’t seen anything at all to suggest this.”
Cop26 is the most important round of talks since the Global Paris Agreement to tackle climate change was concluded in 2015.
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This year marks the date when countries are expected to come up with deeper emission reductions to meet the agreement’s goals.
Plans submitted so far put the world on track for more than 3 ° C warming, although the Paris Agreement commits countries to reduce temperatures to 1.5 ° C or 2 ° C above. above pre-industrial levels to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.
But with countries around the world grappling with the coronavirus, and many putting citizens in custody, governments are prioritizing the immediate global health crisis.
A UK government spokesperson said: ‘We are working on the basis of COP26 which will be held in person in November, while closely monitoring the Covid situation.
“The summit team is working closely with all partners and exploring what different scenarios could mean for COP26 and how we plan that, while prioritizing the health of participants and the local community.
“We are not looking to postpone the summit.”