Cop26 'moment of truth' on climate change – Johnson

The Cop26 will be the “moment of the truth of the world,” said Boris Johnson when he urged leaders to use the Glasgow summit to end climate change.

With the United Nations Summit scheduled to begin tomorrow (October 31), the Prime Minister urged his government colleagues to seize the moment and achieve the goal of preventing global temperatures from rising more than 1.5 ° C above pre-industrial levels .

Downing Street said Cop26 will be one of the largest events Britain has ever hosted, with 25,000 delegates expected from 196 countries and the European Union.

During the two-week conference, ministers, climate negotiators, civil society and business leaders will participate in talks and debates.

Mr Johnson, who is scheduled to fly to Glasgow from the G20 in Rome tomorrow evening, said: “Cop26 will be the moment of truth in the world.

“The question that everyone asks is whether we will seize this moment or let it pass.

“I hope the world leaders will hear them and come to Glasgow to respond with decisive action.

“Together we can mark the beginning of the end of climate change – and end the uncertainty once and for all.”

In the run-up to the conference, the chairman of the Conservative Party did not adopt an optimistic tone and repeated in interviews in the Italian capital that he still rates the chances of success in Scotland with six out of ten points.

The Cop26 summit aims to urge countries to continue their net zero commitments through the middle of the century and reduce emissions quickly for the next decade through commitments to phase out coal, switch to electric cars, and plant trees to reduce.

Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer said he was “very frustrated” with Mr Johnson’s lack of leadership in tackling climate change.

The former director of prosecution said the UK, as chairman of the G7 this year and host of the major United Nations climate change summit, is in a prime position to lead efforts to reduce global carbon emissions, but said the prime minister “is doing.” it not”. it”.

Commenting on the Sunday Telegraph, Sir Keir said: “The Prime Minister has not been on the front line and has shown the international leadership we need.

“So we have the position now, and you are seeing it today, for the Prime Minister to be more of a commentator than a leader on Cop26, lowering expectations by commenting rather than leading on the global stage. what he should or, frustratingly, could do. “

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