Interview: The Most Impactful Actions At COP26 Point To Progress On Climate Change

Of the many agreements and initiatives announced at the 26th UN Climate Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, the UN Climate Communications Lead at the Department of Global Communications narrowed down the three that she deemed most impactful. Speaking in an exclusive interview with Alexandre Soares of UN News, Martina Donlon acknowledged that after two weeks of tough negotiations, the text that serves as the conference’s outcome is “a compromise that it is not enough.” *** However, it does provide some “positive steps forward”.  Ms. Donlon noted that the pact calls for a phase down of coal and a phase out of fossil fuel subsidies, “two key issues that had never been explicitly mentioned in a decision at climate talks before – despite coal, oil and gas being the key drivers of global warming”.  *** The second most impactful outcome of the Glasgow pact is its call for the doubling of finance to support developing countries in adapting to the impacts of climate change. *** There were a host of other deals and announcements, such as on methane, coal, forests, and sustainable transport that could all have very positive impacts if they are implemented, the UN official said. 

By UN News. November 22, 2021.

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