The UN local weather change talks which have been attributable to happen in Scotland later within the 12 months, have been postponed till October 2021 as a result of coronavirus pandemic, the United Nations stated on April 2.
The determination was introduced by the advisory group to the COP26 talks, overseen by the UN local weather change physique, the UNFCCC, after talks involving the United Kingdom and different nations, the UN stated in a press launch.
“The world is currently facing an unprecedented global challenge and countries are rightly focusing their efforts on saving lives and fighting COVID-19”, COP26 President-Designate and the UK’s Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Alok Sharma stated.
UN Climate Change Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa underscored that whereas COVID-19 is “the most urgent threat facing humanity today…we cannot forget that climate change is the biggest threat facing humanity over the long term”. She stated that when economies restart, it would provide an opportunity 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”.
Europe Beyond Coal Managing Director Mahi Sideridou informed New Europe by phone on April three from Denmark’s second largest metropolis Aarhus that it’s comprehensible that they decided to postpone COP26. “But I think what needs to happen despite the COP postponement is that the actions don’t get delayed. So, you postpone the meeting and the negotiations but the commitments that have already been made about climate action need to be kept. And if that whole situation also teaches us something with the health crisis, we are in is that business as usual is not acceptable. And we have to think a way to build resilience in our societies to be able to cope with large crisis like the climate crisis for instance,” Sideridou stated.
The Europe Beyond Coal Managing Director argued that the world must take this chance to rethink of the best way power is produce and consumed. “So, we don’t think of the COP26 postponement as a reason to postpone action. Climate action needs to continue happening and these concrete commitments that have been made by EU leaders in particular have to be met,” Sideridou stated, referring to the discussions about rising the ambition for the local weather targets for the EU and the entire dialog taking place in regards to the new Green Deal for Europe. “All these policy changes need to continue happening so we continue tackling climate change and taking action in Europe,” she pressured.
In an announcement issued shortly after the postponement announcement, UN Secretary-General António Guterres stated the necessity to suppress the virus and safeguard lives is the UN’s foremost precedence. He maintained that efforts to extend ambition and motion on local weather change should proceed, “especially as countries take measures to recover from this crisis”. The science on local weather has not modified, he stated, with emissions at a document excessive whereas international warming impacts compound the socio-economic challenges that this disaster will intensify.
The UN chief pressured that “the COVID-19 crisis reinforces the importance of science and evidence informing government policies and decision-making”. The science makes clear that human behaviour is altering the planet’s potential to manage itself, dramatically impacting lives and livelihoods. Guterres concluded that solidarity and higher ambition are wanted now greater than ever to transition to a sustainable, low carbon financial system that limits international warming to 1.5 levels Celsius.