Exhausted delegates have concluded three weeks of virtual climate negotiations with little progress on key issues. The UN subsidiary bodies meeting was meant to clear the decks ahead of the major COP26 gathering in Glasgow in November. But technical glitches, and multiple time zones scuppered attempts to find common ground. Ministers from 40 countries will meet in July to push the process forward. Developing nations are also concerned that a lack of vaccines may limit their ability to take part in the Glasgow conference. But the UK says it will ensure all accredited delegates will get their jabs ahead of the summit.
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Government-backed project will see broad range of stakeholders collaborate on visions for what a net zero future could looks like for six regions around the world. The UK government has launched a project that will bring together academics, businesses, civil society, and citizens from around the world to draw out visions for a net zero future. Dubbed ‘Visions for a Net Zero Future’, the project aims to produce “evidence-based visions” of what a climate-resilient future could look like for the UK, India, Jamaica, Brazil, Kenya, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia. Issues like electricity generation, agriculture, waste and water management, building design, reforestation and ocean conservation are set to debated and discussed by participants in the project from the six regions during a series of virtual workshops, the government said. Participants will then be encouraged to explore the evidence around different decarbonisation solutions and share their perspectives as they hash out a collective vision for their region’s future, it added.
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