UK preparations for COP26 are dangling from an organisational zip wire. The climate talks scheduled for Glasgow in November are arguably the largest and most important diplomatic meeting held on these shores, a leadership test for Mr Johnson and a huge undertaking for whoever he picks to replace Claire O’Neill as COP president. It’s a tough ask, and currently things look bad. But there’s a way that the UK can get COP done, and get it done in a way that ensures – just like the Olympics – everyone feels they have a stake in success and is a winner. The eyes of the world will on the UK in November. If Britain were to fail to help deliver a successful negotiation, the ramifications will be profound, globally, but also for Britain’s Brexit-weakened reputation as a pragmatic force. There’s no turning back, no alternative. We need to get it done.
Times 13th Feb 2020 read more »
As the home of the industrial revolution that helped drive climate change, Britain has a “moral responsibility” to lead action to tackle the problem as it prepares to host U.N. climate talks this year, senior minister Michael Gove said on Tuesday. Strengthening climate impacts in Britain and globally, combined with growing popular pressure, also have created “the right framework for political action” on the problem, he told a conference on the build-up to the November negotiations. But the “COP26” talks will face some tough obstacles, not least U.S. elections just days before that could return U.S. President Donald Trump to office for a second term and ensure the country exits the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change, speakers said.
Reuters 11th Feb 2020 read more »
THE Tories could be set to take the COP26 climate change summit away from Glasgow and relocate it to London. UK Government sources said that while ministers remain “pretty committed” to staging the mass event in Scotland, they were in talks with the ExCeL in London.
The National 13th Feb 2020 read more »
COP 26: New war of words breaks out between London and Edinburgh over ‘ridiculous’ policing costs for climate summit.
Herald 12th Feb 2020 read more »