A critical meeting on climate change, organised by the UK, appears to be the latest victim of an ongoing row with China. Ministers from around 35 countries are due to participate in today’s summit on climate and development. But while the US, EU, India and others are taking part, China is notable by its absence. The UK says that China was invited to the event but is not participating. Relations between the UK and China have deteriorated in recent weeks after angry exchanges about human rights.
BBC 31st March 2021 read more »
Countries that are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change will help set the international agenda in the run up to COP26 at an event hosted by the UK today. The Climate and Development Ministerial will bring together countries and partners to work on solutions to the flooding, drought and extreme temperatures faced by many developing countries, as well as opportunities for energy access, cleaner air and smarter cities. The event co-chaired by the COP26 President, Alok Sharma and the Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, will be convened virtually. The UK’s International Champion on Adaptation and Resilience for COP26 Anne-Marie Trevelyan, will also take part alongside representatives from youth groups, indigenous peoples and financial institutions.
Cabinet Office 31st March 2021 read more »
Saudi Arabia’s pledge to cut carbon can lead other nations towards major Cop26 commitments.
Independent 30th March 2021 read more »
There are precisely seven months until the COP26 climate conference begins and yet it’s still not clear what the government believes should be achieved during the 12-day event. Alok Sharma, the COP president, has identified five “key themes” that require particular attention and recently set out four further “aims”, one of which is the goal of “working together to make the negotiations in Glasgow a success”. It’s all entirely laudable but also betrays a notable lack of strategic intent. As John Kerry, the new US special presidential envoy for climate, recently argued, COP26 is the world’s “last best chance” to avoid the worst consequences of the climate crisis. Given the enormity of what is at stake, the absence of any coherent vision on the part of this Conservative government is inexcusable. The overriding objective of COP26 must be to put the world decisively on course to deliver on the ambition of the Paris agreement and thus keep alive the hope of limiting global heating to 1.5C. Everything must flow from that aim, and as the summit’s host the government has a duty to start providing the necessary leadership to realise it. At a minimum, that requires tangible progress in respect of four core priorities.
Times 31st March 2021 read more »