Key UN climate change summit postponed to November 2021Europost
The United Nations has delayed until November 2021 the crucial climate summit, scheduled to be held in Glasgow this year, because of the coronavirus pandemic, news wires reported. The UN’s climate body took decision on Thursday, after the UK proposed to host the event between 1 and 12 November next year.
British climate official Alok Sharma said the delay would give countries time to rebuild economies with climate change prioritized. Glasgow, Scotland will remain the host city and a warm-up summit will take place in Italy earlier.
Considered as the most important climate change summit since the 2015 talks that produced the Paris Agreement, this year’s COP26 summit was supposed to serve as a deadline for governments to commit to more aggressive emissions-cutting goals, which are needed to deliver the Paris Agreement’s target to cap global temperature increases at 2 degrees Celsius and aim for 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial times.
Current pledges put the world on track for roughly 3 degrees Celsius of warming this century - a level scientists say would have severe consequences for sea-level rise, extreme weather events and mass migration as people flee regions made uninhabitable by climate change. Campaigners said the summit’s delay should not change the obligation for countries to set new climate targets by the end of this year. They urged governments to design stimulus packages to steer virus-hit economies onto a low-carbon path.