Set to be unreachable if COP26 fails is the climate target: A new report finds, If the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) fails the gloabl target to limit the average rise in temperatures to 1.5°C could be unreachable.
The Foreign Affairs Committee in todays publiched report suggests that the climate summit is the key moment in the world’s response to climate change and could become the ground for tranformational diplomacy.
However, the committee notes there are still pandemic-related uncertainties that could create logistical challenges for COP26.
It is recommended that the goverment needs to outline plans in the case of COVID-19 restircitions across the countries that are still in place and the number of attendees is limited.
It is believed that almost 30,000 delegates would usually be expected to attend a COP.
There is a ‘distinct’ possibility the large parts of the summit will have to be moved online or downscaled the committee suggests.
Mps call the government to set out this criteria and will use to decide whether COP26 can go ahead as an in-person conference.
“Diplomacy has a critical role to play in the coordinated effort against climate change, and the annual COP summits provide a moment to bring world leaders and experts together to assess the continuing challenges and pace of progress.” said Tom Tugendhat, Chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee.
“Though Covid has changed plans across the world, and for some, shortened horizons, the need for a strategic outlook and more radical thinking has never been more important.”
“The way we trade, travel and interact is so different from only 18 months ago that we must rethink the traditional diplomatic jamboree.”
Set to be unreachable if COP26 fails is the climate target: