UK NewsDon’t COP out on climate, conference hosts told

03:10  15 september  2019
03:10  15 september  2019 Source:   scotsman.com

UK says it has been nominated to host 2020 climate summit

UK says it has been nominated to host 2020 climate summit UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Kingdom says it has received international backing to jointly host a major U.N. climate summit in late 2020 with Italy. Britain's U.N. Mission said Tuesday that the summit will take place in Glasgow, Scotland, and that Italy will host the pre-summit meeting, if the nomination by an international selection committee is approved as expected at December's climate summit in Chile. British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab welcomed the "huge vote of confidence from our international partners," saying "over 30,000 delegates from around the world will come together to commit to ambitious action to tackle climate change.

The United Nations Climate Change Conferences are yearly conferences held in the framework of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

At past COPs , the U.S. special envoy for climate change would give frequent press briefings. After the protesters walked out and the panelists gave their spiels, we managed to pose a simple question Amy Goodman is the host of “Democracy Now!,” a daily international TV/radio news hour airing on

Scotland and the UK should not yet be boasting about their “world-leading” action to save the planet after Glasgow was selected as the venue for next year’s prestigious United Nations climate change conference, environmentalists are warning.

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On winning the bid to stage the summit, international development secretary Alok Sharma said the decision was “testimony to the UK’s leading role in the global fight against climate change”.

But campaigners have pointed out that landing the Conference of Parties (COP) is not based on a country’s environmental credentials and more to do with the depth of its pockets.

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The 2012 United Nations Climate Change Conference was the 18th yearly session of the Conference of the Parties ( COP ) to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

The 2017 United Nations Climate Change Conference (" COP 23") was an international meeting of political leaders, non-state actors and activists to discuss environmental issues.

The 2013 and 2018 summits were held in Poland, a country powered by coal, and in 2012 in oil-rich Qatar.

Conversely, although Fiji presided over the 2017, meeting the event itself was held in Bonn, Germany, as the South Pacific island could not handle the logistics and expense of staging such a large-scale gathering.

Campaigners have welcomed the international event, which is seen as the most important since the Paris conference in 2015, but warn that much tougher action is needed if catastrophic climate change is to be avoided.

“Hosting the UN climate negotiations should not be thought of as a reward for leadership but rather as an opportunity to demonstrate true leadership,” said Friends of the Earth Scotland director Dr Richard Dixon.

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The United Nations Climate Change Conference , COP 19 or CMP9 was held in Warsaw, Poland from 11 to 23 November 2013. This is the 19th yearly session of the Conference of the Parties ( COP 19)

COP 23: Protesters thrown out of US fossil fuel event. Tobacco at a cancer summit. "This panel is only controversial if we choose to bury our heads in Anti-coal demo in Bonn. Never too late. "If we don ’ t try to save the world, then nothing will happen. We are against everything that is bad for the climate

“One only has to look at the recent hosting of COP by the right-wing, coal-loving Polish government to know that hosting these talks is not because you are the best in class.

“The talks are an enormously complex, expensive undertaking for which there are few volunteers.”

International experts have agreed that a 2C rise in global temperature over pre-industrial levels would spark catastrophic and irreversible climate change.

However, analysis suggests the world is currently on course to hit at least 3C by the end of the century.

Westminster has outlined intentions for the UK to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, while Scotland intends to get there five years earlier.

So all eyes will be on the UK as international leaders and the world’s top climate scientists gather in Glasgow next December to discuss progress on pledges to restrict global warming to 1.5C, as set out in the Paris Agreement.

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Climate agreements are hard-won through laborious negotiations, and this week's UN climate talks Out -going German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks told DW, "I expect we will take steps to Despite taking place in Bonn, the COP 23 is officially hosted by the Fiji islands — represented here by

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UN climate summit ‘to boost Glasgow’s economy by £73m’ A UN climate change conference bringing world leaders to Glasgow next year could benefit the city’s hospitality sector by more than £73 million. © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd The city has won the bid to host the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26), with up to 200 world leaders and 22,500 delegates expected to attend. It has been described as the most important climate change summit since the Paris Agreement in 2015.

As the 23rd annual UN climate conference kicks off in Bonn, people are already jostling to fill the climate power vacuum left by a retreating United States. Over the coming two weeks, negotiators will hammer out the rule book for the Paris climate agreement reached two years ago. The VIPs will not

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Friends of the Earth Scotland is warning that both the UK and Scotland must drastically step up action to reduce greenhouse gases to have any hope of helping curb warming.

The group has joined a number of other organisations in their call for tougher targets to be included in Scotland’s forthcoming new Climate Bill, which is due to face its final vote at Holyrood on 25 September.

Ministers have set out aims to cut emissions by 70 per cent by 2030, 90 per cent by 2040 and to reach net-zero by 2045.

But the coalition Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, which includes Greenpeace, Oxfam, WWF, RSPB and Christian Aid as well as Friends of the Earth, is calling for an even more ambitious goal – 80 per cent by 2030.

Dixon says actions over the next decade will be “crucial” in the fight against climate change and the Scottish Government still has an opportunity to set an example to the rest of the world ahead of COP26 by raising the bar higher still.

“The UN’s landmark report last year was crystal clear that emissions must fall significantly between now and 2030 if we are to have any hope of staying within 1.5C of warming,” he said.

“By setting a target to cut emissions by 86 per cent by 2030, Nicola Sturgeon’s government would be able to hold their heads up high at the talks next year.”

Scottish climate change secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: “It is right that this conference should come to Scotland, given our leadership in climate action.

“Scotland was one of the first countries in the world to acknowledge the global climate emergency and the Scottish Government has introduced the toughest targets in the UK to ensure our action matches the scale of our climate ambitions.”

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