COP26 will now take place in November 2021
The event, initially scheduled to take place in Glasgow, Scotland, in November 2020, has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a statement, the event organisers said the agreement followed a consultation with UNFCCC members, delivery partners and the international climate community. In the run-up to November 2021, the UK, as hosts, will continue to work with all involved to increase climate action, build resilience and lower emissions, according to a statement by the COP26 team.
Alok Sharma, COP26 president and Secretary of State for the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, said: “While we rightly focus on fighting the immediate crisis of the coronavirus, we must not lose sight of the huge challenges of climate change.
“With the new dates for COP26 now agreed, we are working with our international partners on an ambitious roadmap for global climate action between now and November 2021. The steps we take to rebuild our economies will have a profound impact on our societies’ future sustainability, resilience and wellbeing and COP26 can be a movement where the world unites behind a clean resilient recovery.”
“Our efforts to address climate change and COVID-19 are not mutually exclusive,” commented Patricia Espinosa, UN Climate Change Executive Secretary. “If done right, the recovery from the COVID-19 crisis can steer us to a more inclusive and sustainable climate path.
“We honour those who we have lost by working with renewed commitment and continuing to demonstrate leadership and determination in addressing climate change, and building a safe, clean, just and resilient world.”