Sunday 14 November 2021

COP26 draft deal lacks details amid push to strengthen targets

Global News in Canada shows that as COP26 nears its end, a draft agreement is setting the stage for the last-minute negotiations underway between 200 participating countries. Crystal Goomansingh reports on how the plan is being criticized and how two of the planet's biggest polluters have now issued their own pledges.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador are set to meet with USA President Joe Biden at the White House on November 18. Jackson Proskow looks at what's expected to be on the agenda for the North American Leaders' Summit, which is being dubbed the "Three Amigos" summit.

The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (commonly acronymized as COP26) was the 26th United Nations Climate Change conference, held at the SEC Centre in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, from 31 October to 13 November 2021. The president of the conference was UK cabinet minister Alok Sharma. Delayed for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the third meeting of the parties to the 2015 Paris Agreement (designated CMA1, CMA2, CMA3), and the 16th meeting of the parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP16).

The conference marked the first time since COP 21 that parties were expected to commit to enhanced ambition towards mitigating climate change, because, as outlined in the Paris Agreement, parties are required to carry out a process colloquially known as the 'ratchet mechanism' every 5 years to give new national pledges. As such, the Glasgow Climate Pact, the first ever climate deal with the aim of reducing coal, the worst fossil fuel for greenhouse gases, emerged as a consensus of the representatives of the 197 attending parties. The deal also presses for more urgent emissions cuts and promises more money for developing countries and to help them adapt to climate impacts. Owing to a late intervention from India and China that weakened a move to end coal power and fossil fuel subsidies, the conference ended with the adoption of a less stringent resolution than some people anticipated.

1 comment:

  1. When you meet the queen of England, you’re not supposed to turn your back on her and do not fart.

    Joe Biden met Camilla at the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow with the USA president doing a terrible job at "reducing emissions".