Climate Talk Coronavirus: COP26 Climate Change Summit Postponed for One Year

Coronavirus: COP26 Climate Change Summit Postponed for One Year

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The Corona Virus pandemic has forced the United Nations to postpone its summit on tackling climate change for a year.

The summit, known as COP26, was meant to be held in Britain this winter.

The conference has been pushed to 2021 following a decision by the UN’s convention on climate change and the UK.

No specific date has been fixed for the summit.

The event has been billed to have in attendance over 30,000 delegates including politicians, climate experts and campaigners from around the world.

Part of the resolutions to be made at the summit includes to agree new co-ordinated plans to tackle climate change.

Preparatory meetings due to be held by officials from across the world were also cancelled.

Business Secretary Alok Sharma was put in charge of organising the conference in February’s cabinet reshuffle.

He said countries battling COVID-19 are “rightly focusing their efforts on saving lives” so “that is why we have decided to reschedule COP26”.

“We will continue working tirelessly with our partners to deliver the ambition needed to tackle the climate,” he added.

Patricia Espinosa, the UN’s climate change executive secretary, said COVID-19 is “the most urgent threat facing humanity today, but we cannot forget that climate change is the biggest threat facing humanity over the long-term”.

She added: “Soon, economies will restart. This is a chance 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.”

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