UN COP26 climate summit postponed until next year due to coronavirus crisis

Rodiano Bonacci
Aprile 3, 2020

But with the British hosts and other countries struggling to contain the coronavirus pandemic, which has brought swathes of the global economy to a standstill, officials made a decision to push the summit back to give governments more time to prepare.

Many countries were expected to release new commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions are part of the conference, known as COP26, which was scheduled for November in Glasgow, Scotland.

Glasgow's SEC Arena, which had been due to hold the event, has been named as the site of a temporary hospital for COVID-19 patients.

Worldwide climate change negotiations scheduled for later this year are being postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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"The world is now facing an unprecedented global challenge and countries are rightly focusing their efforts on saving lives and fighting COVID-19".

"We will continue working tirelessly with our partners to deliver the ambition needed to tackle the climate crisis and I look forward to agreeing a new date for the conference".

UN Climate Change Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa said postponement was unavoidable but that the pandemic should not divert the world from the climate change challenge.

She added: "Soon, economies will restart". United Nations officials say a conference is no longer possible, delaying what many hoped would be an ambitious climate agreement among nations.

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