In a speech delivered in 19 days, British Minister Alok Sharma said the world will gather in Glasgow for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), and at that vital summit the world must deliver on the promises made here six years ago. This Tuesday in the French capital.
Sharma, who was appointed by the British government to organize the event to be held in the Scottish city from October 31 to November 12, at the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, stressed that the responsibility to fulfill these commitments rests with leaders around the world.
COP26 is not a platform for taking pictures or a place to chat, but it should be a forum for the world to confront climate change, and that is up to the leaders because they were the ones who made the commitments six years ago in Paris, he emphasized.
At the 2015 conference, participating nations committed to reducing their carbon emissions and keeping the planet’s temperature below 2 degrees, preferably 1.5 degrees.
An agreement was also adopted under which the richest countries contribute $100 billion annually to help developing countries reduce carbon emissions that cause the so-called greenhouse effect and mitigate the effects of climate change.
In his speech, Sharma cautioned, however, that the world has not done enough, because since the signing of the Paris Agreement, emissions continue to rise, extreme weather events are the norm, and rich countries have not provided anything. Allocated funds.
He added that to keep the global temperature at 1.5 degrees, plans must be in place to reduce emissions to zero by 2050, support adaptation to climate threats and reduce the use of coal and other fossil fuels.
Unless we act immediately, he noted, a 1.5 degree limit will be out of reach.
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