Just three out of 200 countries meet deadline for leaderless Glasgow climate summit – Dr Richard Dixon. The president of the UN climate talks has two essential jobs: chairing the talks when they come to Glasgow in November but also carrying out diplomacy around the world in advance to make sure something useful actually emerges from the talks. Following the sacking of Claire O’Neill, and various failed efforts to find a successor, there is currently no president in post. One immediate consequence is that, when a voluntary deadline to lodge new plans for climate action with the UN expired on Sunday, only three countries out of the 200 UN member states had done so. Even worse, the UK, host of the talks, set a terrible example by not being one of those three.
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