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Covid-19: UN body postpones its flagship climate meet COP26 devastation

INEW DELHI: The COVID-19 unfold has compelled the UN body to postpone its flagship annual climate alternate conference which used to be scheduled to be held at Glasgow in United Kingdom (UK) in November. This crucial meet will now be held in 2021 -- the primary year of the operationalisation of the the Paris Agreement.
Though the postponement is welcomed through experts and civil societies across the globe, they insist that the suspending COP26 (26th session of the conference) does now not mean suspending climate action which is a non-negotiable world precedence.
“Dates for a rescheduled conference in 2021, hosted in Glasgow through the United Kingdom in partnership with Italy, will likely be set out in the end following further discussion with events (nations),” mentioned the COP Bureau of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

It mentioned, “In mild of the continuing, international effects of COVID-19, maintaining an bold, inclusive COP26 in November 2020 is no longer possible. Rescheduling will make sure that all events can focus on the issues to be mentioned at this vital conference and allow extra time for the vital arrangements to happen.”

Under the Paris Agreement, which is to be operationalised from January 1 next year, nations together with India are expected to take climate movements as in step with their respective commitments to keep the common world temperature rise within 2 stage Celsius through 2100 from the pre-industrial (1850-1900) degree.

The UK govt had come under super drive to take a decision on maintaining COP26 in a state of affairs when the pandemic intensified in the nation and others portions of the globe together with Italy which is the spouse nation for this year’s UN climate alternate conference. Italy used to be to host a variety of key preparatory occasions akin to a Youth Event and the Pre-COP Summit in Milan from September 28 to October 2.

Even the Scottish govt introduced this week that the SEC Arena - where COP26 used to be to happen - will likely be changed into a field clinic to deal with COVID-19 cases.

“The global is lately dealing with an unparalleled world problem and nations are rightly focusing their efforts on saving lives and fighting COVID-19. That is why we've decided to reschedule COP26,” mentioned Alok Sharma, the COP26 President-Designate and the United Kingdom’s Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Other UN climate conferences, scheduled to be held in June in Bonn, has also been postponed. It’ll now be held in October. Many nations have been expected to announce their new commitments of climate action all the way through COP26 in November.

"Whilst we've decided to postpone COP26, together with the Pre-COP and ‘Youth for the Climate’ event, we stay totally dedicated to meeting the problem of climate alternate...We will continue to paintings with our British companions to deliver a a hit COP26,” mentioned Italian Minister for the Environment, Land and Sea Protection, Sergio Costa.

Experts and civil society members acknowledged the need to postpone the Bonn climate session, Pre-COP occasions and COP26.

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“The postponement of the Bonn session to later this year and COP to next year does now not mean a postponement of climate ambition. This does now not let governments off the hook. We will continue to carry them responsible to deliver renewed climate ambition for the equitable and just transformation of societies. If there's the rest that this Covid19 disaster has taught us, it's that now greater than ever we want sustained global efforts to build a safe and resilient future,” mentioned Tasneem Essop, executive director of an international NGO, Climate Action Network (CAN).

Indian experts too reacted on the transfer. Director Genera of The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI), Ajay Mathur, mentioned, “The momentum for climate action has sped up considerably, and we will have to be sure that this momentum is sustained even as CoP26 is moved to 2021. However, this postponement used to be the best decision - it highlights the centrality of the person electorate of the arena, and in their safety, safety, and wellbeing.

“We want to keep this centrality in mind as we transfer to take care of and beef up momentum on climate action, while construction a safer, more fit and extra resilient world financial system.”

Harjeet Singh, ActionSupport’s world lead on climate alternate, mentioned, “Climate screw ups gained’t stop for the Covid-19 disaster. But we will be able to’t address the climate emergency if distracted governments adopt half-measures with a view to stick with a agenda.

Current climate plans put the arena on course for a catastrophic three or 4 degrees of warming. In those unsure occasions, a postponement of COP26 provides governments extra time to extend their climate pledges.”

It may be expected in current instances that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) - UN body for assessing the science associated with climate alternate - would possibly not be capable to publish its 6th evaluate file (AR6) on climate alternate on time.

“It is expected that some or the entire original agenda for the finalization of the Sixth Assessment Report – the 3 Working Group reports and the Synthesis Report – together with milestones and time limits for activities for the preparation of these reports, may just shift, in session with the National Focal Points, with further adjustments to the agenda taken as the location evolves,” mentioned the IPCC in a statement on Thursday.

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