The United Nations climate conference in Glasgow, dubbed COP26, officially started. The conference will witness two weeks of powerful diplomatic discussions betwixt approximately 200 nations on how to address the common challenge of global warming.
United Nations’ COP26 conference
Succeeding the opening of the conference on 31st October 2021 (Sunday), officials commenced by addressing an array of procedural matters before eminent leaders from across the globe in Scotland’s largest city. The nations will portray their efforts to check greenhouse gas emissions and combat the effects of climate change.
Several challenges being addressed during the October 31st to November 12th discussions of the COP26 conference have been on the schema for aeons. These challenges include how rich nations can aid poor countries to deal with emissions and coexist in a hotter world. The sluggish pace of action has instigated several environmental campaigners, who are anticipated to create ruckus and facilitate protests during the proceedings of the COP26 summit.
The COP26 summit will witness representatives from around 200 countries, who will try to combat the issues that have been left unattended since the Paris climate accord was drafted in 2015. Scientists believe that the chances of meeting those targets, settled in the French capital 6 years ago, are slowly receding and are slim.
One of the world’s biggest emitters of greenhouse gas emissions, India, has to still follow the US, the EU, and China in setting goals for accomplishing ‘net 0’ greenhouse gas emissions. Negotiators are on tenterhooks that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will declare such aims in Glasgow during the COP26 conference.
The outbound president of Sunday’s meeting, Chile’s Carolina Schmidt, began the discussion by requesting officials to observe a minute’s stillness for those who passed owing to the COVID19 pandemic since the last United Nations climate conference was held in the dusk of 2019.
On 1st November 2021 (Monday), Charles (Prince of Wales) is expected to welcome the leaders to the COP26 summit in Glasgow. His 95-year-old mother, Queen Elizabeth II was expected to be present but has been advised otherwise by her doctors.
The opening day of the summit is estimated to target procedural challenges. One big concern is that not all officials and delegates will be able to meet in person, as the room capacities of the venue have been constricted owing to the apprehensions associated with coronavirus.