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COP26 climate change conference postponed due to COVID-19

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The COP26 UN climate change conference, set to take place in Glasgow in November, has been postponed due to COVID-19.

The decision was taken by the COP Bureau of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), with the UK and its Italian partners. New dates have yet to be confirmed, however, the UNFCCC has said that the event will still take place in Glasgow as planned.

Alok Sharma, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and COP26 President, said: "The world is currently facing an unprecedented global challenge and countries are rightly focusing their efforts on saving lives and fighting COVID-19. That is why we have decided to reschedule COP26.

"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."

"COVID-19 is the most urgent threat facing humanity today," said UN Climate Change Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa, "but we cannot forget that climate change is the biggest threat facing humanity over the long term.

"Soon, economies will restart. This is a chance for nations to recover better, to include the most vulnerable in those plans, and a chance to shape the 21st-century economy in ways that are clean, green, healthy, just, safe and more resilient.

"In the meantime, we continue to support and to urge nations to significantly boost climate ambition in line with the Paris Agreement."