In an interview with Alexandre Soares, he said UN News, Martina Donlon acknowledged that after two weeks of arduous negotiations, the text as the outcome of the meeting was “an insufficient compromise”, especially for small island states and other fragile states.
However, it does provide some “positive progress.”
In fact, she said, as the COP26 negotiators agree to start moving away from fossil fuels, “we will see more electric vehicles, they will become more affordable and increasingly powered by wind and solar energy.”
Phase out coal
Ms. Donlon pointed out that at the end of the meeting, countries agreed to accelerate action during the “decisive decade” to reduce global emissions by half to achieve the landmark 2015 temperature target of 1.5 degrees Celsius. Paris Agreement.
The COP26 outcome document, known as Glasgow Climate Convention, Also called on 197 countries to formulate a stronger national action plan for more ambitious climate action next year—advancing the 2025 deadline set in the original timetable—at COP27 scheduled to be held in Egypt.
In addition, Ms. Donlon pointed out that the agreement calls for the gradual reduction of coal and fossil fuel subsidies. “The two key issues have never been explicitly mentioned in the previous climate negotiation decision-although coal, oil and natural gas are the main drivers of global warming. factor”.
According to UN officials, Glasgow marks an “accelerated shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy.”
Double the financial support
The second most influential outcome of the Glasgow Convention is a call for funding to be doubled to support developing countries in adapting to the effects of climate change.
“While this will not provide all the funds needed by poorer countries, in fact Developed countries agree to double the collective funding for adaptation It’s a major improvement,” Ms. Tang Lun emphasized.
She emphasized that the Secretary-General of the United Nations has been pushing for increased funding to protect lives and livelihoods, and said that this would be “particularly beneficial to the least developed countries and small islands” countries.
Methane, coal and forest
There are many other transactions and announcements, such as methane, coal, Forest with Sustainable transportation UN officials said that if these measures are implemented, they may have a very positive impact.
“However, most of these are voluntary commitments, so there is no guarantee that governments, investors, and companies will honor them,” she said.
Ms. Donlon admitted that although it is unlikely to have a direct impact on our daily lives, she emphasized Decisions made at COP26 will affect the government’s actions in a series of measures And it will eventually translate into significant differences in people’s lives.
COP26 also sent a signal to the market that it no longer accepts investment in heavy-polluting industries.
“Therefore, these changes will have an impact on our lives, and may be faster than we thought,” she said.
The ripple effect in Glasgow
The UN official explained that phasing out coal means that people in heavily polluted cities will have cleaner air to breathe and fewer respiratory diseases.
In addition, increasing funding to protect lives and livelihoods will enable small islands to establish flood and storm warning systems.
with Small farmers will have more resilient crops and seeds to protect food security.
Ms. Tang Lun confirmed that decisions made at the global level “will ultimately affect everyone’s life.”
See the full interview below.
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