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United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) should help vulnerable countries

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Posted: Wednesday, July 14, 2021. 10:22 am CST.

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The United Nations 26th Climate Change Conference simply referred to as COP26 “will deliver for the countries most vulnerable to climate change,” said President-designate of COOP26, Alok Sharma, according to the Barbados Government Information Service.

COP26 is a global United Nations summit about climate change to be held in Glasgow, Scotland, from October 31 to November 12 this year. COP26 was to have been held last year in November but had to be postponed due to the pandemic.

Sharma made his statement as he spoke at a joint press conference with Barbados Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, at Ilaro Court in Barbados.

“In my travels, as COP President, I have seen firsthand the…terrible damage and the impact of the climate crisis on people around the world,” said Sharma who also visited Jamaica and Antigua and Barbuda last week. “During this visit, … I have heard from people who are affected directly, about the increasing frequency of extreme weather events, and the fact that they are getting more ferocious in terms of their impact.”

“And that’s why I am absolutely determined that COP26 will deliver for the countries most vulnerable to climate change,” he added.

“I recognize the unique vulnerabilities and challenges that small island developing states face, and I will continue to advocate for their priorities. And we must seek urgent action to protect the lives and livelihoods of people,” Sharma concluded.

COP stands for Conference of the Parties. The summit in October-November is the 26th meeting.

Countries that signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change will be those that attend COP 26.

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