A former UN climate chief says that delaying the critical Glasgow meeting this year would be preferable to risking a failed conference. There have been doubts over the wisdom of having thousands of delegates attending the event – known as COP26 – while concerns linger over Covid-19. The UK says that a physical meeting is still the preferred option. But Yvo de Boer, who ran UN climate talks until 2010, says that delay is preferable to “messing it up”.
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The government is “working very hard” to ensure the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow can go ahead in person, its president has said. Alok Sharma, the former business secretary, was asked in parliament about contingency plans should the conference need to be moved online. He said: “We are working very hard to ensure that we deliver an in-person COP which allows all countries to participate on an equal footing. This is incredibly important as many parties feel strongly that negotiations must be in person. We continue to explore how technology and other innovations can make the summit more resilient, safe and inclusive.”
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