"Failure to act on the promises made at the Glasgow Cop26 climate summit last
year would be “an act of monstrous self-harm”, the UK’s president of the
conference will warn today in Glasgow.
Alok Sharma, the cabinet minister who led the UK-hosted summit that ended with
agreement to limit global heating to 1.5C, will say that Russia’s invasion of
Ukraine, and rising energy and food prices, have changed the global outlook
drastically in the six months since.
President Alok Sharma receives applause after giving the closing speech of
Cop26 in Glasgow, Scotland.
But responding to those changes by reneging on climate commitments would only
result in worse damage, he will say. “The current crises should increase, not
diminish, our determination to deliver on what we agreed here at Cop26, and
honour the Glasgow climate pact,” he is expected to say. “[World leaders must
show that] though the world has changed, our resolve has not.”
Sharma is returning to Glasgow on Monday to mark six months since Cop26 ended.
Nearly 200 countries have agreed to develop new commitments this year to cut
greenhouse gas emissions in line with the 1.5C goal, which requires roughly
halving carbon levels by 2030, according to scientific advice from the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Though Cop26 made important progress – all the world’s big economies have now
committed to net-zero goals, compared with a handful before the UK took on its
Cop26 role – it fell short of producing national plans, called nationally
determined contributions (NDCs), that add up to the 2030 target. But countries
agreed to return this year to the Cop27 conference in Egypt in November with
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