British Copenhagen talks president-elect Alok Sharma has said making global climate agreement in the next three weeks in Glasgow would be more difficult than signing the 2015 Paris accord
The Cop26 summit that will begin on 31 October in Glasgow is the effective deadline for countries to come up with more ambitious domestic climate plans for a five-year process according to the Paris climate agreement.
He has also said that the task would be to press almost 200 countries to reduce their level of greenhouse gas emissions at a strong pace while keeping an eye on a rise in global temperature to 1.5 ° C above pre-industrial levels.
Precautions have been put in place to test and quarantine the summit which is postponed because of the pandemic and was supposed to gather at least 25.000 delegates and more than 120 world leaders.
Sharma had earlier said that progress had been made since the Paris Accord was negotiated in the French capital in 2015 – when the world was heading toward a 4 ° C (3.1 ° F) warming – and said it was now heading for 2% of the world.
The Paris accord has seen a total of 197 nations agree to limit global warming to less than 2C above preindustrial levels and to “pursue efforts” to stay within 1.5C.
Major polluters like China and India have not yet drawn up new plans, known as nationally agreed contributions (NDCs), for the next decade.
The Paris accord obliged countries to keep global warming to “well below” 2C above preindustrial levels, and move toward keeping the temperature rise to 1.5 C, beyond which the worst impacts will be felt.