Wednesday 19 June 2019

UK looks set to host UN COP26 climate summit

UK looks set to host UN COP26 climate summit

The UK looks set to host the COP26 climate summit next year after agreeing to issue a joint proposal with Italy.

It will be presented to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), building on previous proposals – for the UK to host the COP conference and Italy the pre-COP event.

Within the pre-COP, Italy will host preparatory events and a significant “youth event”, in recognition of the "disproportionate impact" that climate change will have on young people.

UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: “Through great joint diplomacy, we have agreed a bid for a UK COP26 Presidency in partnership with our friends in Italy. Together, through our continued commitment to work across Europe and internationally, we will build a better world for our children.”

Sergio Costa, Italian Minister for the Environment, Land and Sea Protection added: “This partnership between Italy and the UK sends a strong signal of determined and informed cooperation on climate change, which is a theme that requires a change of paradigm and which will dominate our agenda and that of future generations.”

A final decision is expected in the next few days when global climate negotiators meet in Bonn.

Written by

Bruna Pinhoni

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