Our priority must be health and lives. But climate action must remain a non-negotiable.
COP26, the annual meeting of climate negotiators, has been postponed due to the Covid-19 crisis. The meeting was scheduled to be held in Glasgow from 9 – 20 November this year.
The announcement came via a statement on the UK government website yesterday.
Responding to the announcement, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, leader of WWF’s global climate and energy practice said: “Under the circumstances, the decision to postpone COP26, is unavoidable. Our collective priority must be to put health and lives first which is why we must treat Covid-19 seriously.
“But climate action must remain a non-negotiable global priority. That means we must also focus on creating low-carbon job opportunities and increasing our societies’ economic and ecological resilience. This means countries must continue their work to step up ambition to tackle the climate crisis in a socially fair way, by decarbonizing economies and energy systems, increasing nature-based solutions and addressing unsustainable agriculture and deforestation, including through any economic recovery effort. It is especially vital that countries align all recovery and stimulus packages with climate science.
Ester Asin, Director of WWF European Policy Officesaid: “The EU is a crucial player in implementing the Paris Agreement. The understandable postponement of COP26 does not give the EU a licence to kick its own climate action down the road. Now more than ever, the EU must show leadership by drastically increasing its 2030 climate goal before September 2020. Action today to drive a socially fair shift to a climate-neutral Europe will make our economies and societies more resilient in future”
Contact: Imke Lübbeke Head of Climate and Energy WWF European Policy Office firstname.lastname@example.org + 32 2 743 88 18
Sarah Azau, Media Manager WWF European Policy Office email@example.com +32 473 573 13
UNFCCC flags outside the Bonn International Conference Centre.