UN’s COP26 climate summit postponed
London: The UN's COP 26 climate change summit due to take place in the Scottish city of Glasgow in November has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the British government said.
“In light of the ongoing, worldwide effects of COVID-19, holding an ambitious, inclusive COP26 in November 2020 is no longer possible,” the government said in a statement, adding that dates for a rescheduled conference in 2021 would be announced later. Some 30,000 people, including 200 world leaders, had been due to attend the 10-day conference for crucial talks to halt rising global temperatures.
A UN panel in 2018 concluded that avoiding global climate chaos needed a major shift in society and the world economy.
Global CO2 emissions needed to drop 45 percent by 2030 and reach “net zero” by 2050 to limit temperature rises at 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) -- the safe cap set as a goal in the Paris accord.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said he supported the decision to postpone as “the need to suppress the virus and safeguard lives is our foremost priority”.
“This dramatic human crisis is also an example of how vulnerable countries, societies and economies are to existential threats,” he said in a statement. – AFP