The COP26 President admits that it will be “very difficult” to reach an agreement in Glasgow

The President of the United Nations Climate Change Summit (COP26), which begins October 31 in Glasgow, Alok Sharma, has recognized that it will be “very difficult” to reach a compromise agreement to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement against global warming 2015.

“It is clear that it is more difficult than Paris on many levels,” Sharma said in a statement to the British newspaper “The Guardian”. “The advantage we have is that there is a consensus that we need to address the climate crisis,” he added.

The COP26 President admits that it will be “very difficult” to reach an agreement in Glasgow
The COP26 President admits that it will be “very difficult” to reach an agreement in Glasgow

Countries are under pressure to increase their greenhouse gas emission reduction commitments as no progress is made in meeting the Paris Agreement targets to reduce global warming. Glasgow should be the forum for countries to make more ambitious commitments after five years of negotiations under the Paris Agreement.

“What we’re trying to do here in Glasgow is really difficult. It was great what we achieved in Paris. It’s a framework agreement, but there are still a lot of concrete rules for the future,” said Sharma.

“The question is whether countries are ready to move forward in Glasgow and commit to keeping 1.5 degrees alive – a maximum average warming – that is the crux of the matter,” he said.

Sharma has indicated that, in his opinion, no country wants to be held responsible for undermining options to meet the 1.5-degree target set out in the Paris Agreement.

More than 120 political leaders and at least 2,500 delegates will attend the meeting in Glasgow, and major countries such as China and India have yet to announce their commitments for the next decade.

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