UN Climate Summit Under Threat Because Of Coronavirus

  • Date: 18/03/20
  • Financial Times

November conference likely to be postponed following travel bans and border closures

International climate talks scheduled for Glasgow in November have been thrown into doubt as the global clampdown on travel intensifies because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Government officials said it was increasingly likely that the annual UN gathering would be postponed given the fast-changing situation. “Nothing is definite yet but from my vantage point I would bet on it being cancelled pretty soon,” said one Whitehall official. One senior figure close to the talks said that it was “near impossible” to do the requisite diplomatic heavy lifting required in the lead-up to the summit: “It makes some sense to push back the timetable,” he said.

The “COP26” would see more than 30,000 people from around the world come to Scotland for about a fortnight for intense discussions on how to cut carbon emissions in the coming years.

With big international gatherings, such as the IMF spring meetings, already either cancelled or made virtual, participants in such conferences said it was inevitable that the COP26 meeting was not certain to go ahead on schedule.

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