Boris Johnson will chair a press conference on Downing Street tonight following the new “Glasgow Pact” agreed at Cop26.
The Prime Minister will be joined by COP26 President Alok Sharma at the 5pm press conference, who was visibly emotional when negotiations were concluded on Saturday, when nearly 200 countries pledged to fight climate change.
He admitted, however, that there was “disappointment” after a last-minute quarrel over coal led by China and India that diluted dirty fuel commitments.
The deal marks the first time there has been an explicit commitment to reduce coal, which is the worst culprit for greenhouse gas emissions.
Mr Sharma said it was his job to build “consensus” on the final deal
When asked if his emotional response to the coal language change was an admission of failure, Sharma said, “I wouldn’t call what we did yesterday a failure – it’s an historic achievement.”
Language, however, has been tweaked by the acceleration of the “phasing out” of unabated coal to “phasing out” – sparking an angry response from vulnerable countries.
Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai said the summit failed to meet the expectations of climate activists.
She said, “I expected the leaders to do something, but unfortunately they did not meet the expectations of me and other climate activists.
“I think leaders need to prioritize people and the planet over profits right now.”
The press conference is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. You can follow the live coverage from the address below.