Faced with the weak vaccination of poor countries against Covid-19, climate NGOs demanded, Tuesday, September 7, the postponement of the UN climate conference COP26, which is to be held in Glasgow (Scotland) from October 31 to October 12. November.
“With only two months to go, it is evident that a safe, inclusive and just global climate conference is impossible, given the failure to support access to vaccines for thousands of people in the world. poor countries, rising costs of travel and accommodation and uncertainty over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic “, writes the Climate Action Network, which brings together some 1,500 NGOs including Greenpeace, WWF, Action Aid, Oxfam and Amnesty International.
“An in-person COP in early November would de facto exclude many government delegates, civil society activists and journalists, especially from countries in the South many of whom are on the UK’s Covid ‘red list’.”, continue the organizations in a press release, denouncing this “exclusion” in discussions on subjects of capital importance for the future of humanity, in particular for the poorest countries, on the front line against global warming. “This call for the postponement of COP26 in no way means a postponement of urgent climate actions or a boycott of climate discussions”, specifies the group.
At the end of June, the British government and the UN announced that they would facilitate access to vaccination against Covid-19 for participants who so wished. But at this stage, this vaccination has not yet started. The British government assured on Tuesday that all those who requested it would receive their first dose. “this week”, and that with a four week delay between the two doses, delegates would be vaccinated by the start of the conference.
“COP26 has already been postponed for a year and we know only too well that climate change ise don’t take a vacation“, commented COP26 President Alok Sharma. “The recent IPCC report (UN climate experts) highlights why COP26 must take place in November, to allow world leaders to unite and set decisive commitments to tackle climate change “, he added, ensuring that everyone was working “tirelessly” to allow a meeting accessible to all.
“COP26 is to take place in person in October-November 2021”, declared, for its part, the Climate Vulnerable Forum which represents one billion people from 48 countries, calling for special support for the participation of developing countries. And to continue: “This is the most important meeting for the future of the planet and it cannot wait.”
While delegates from countries classified in the red Covid zone will have to spend ten days in quarantine for the unvaccinated, and five days for the vaccinated, the British government notably announced on Tuesday funding for stays in hotels for these quarantines.