All nations have a responsibility to ensure nobody is left behind and to make the necessary changes when changing to a greener economy so that people can tackle the climate crisis, EU Commissioner for Climate Action, Frans Timmermans, said Monday.

Many environmentalists say the summit, known as COP26, is the world’s last opportunity to avert a climate catastrophe.

Timmermans was speaking with The Associated Press in Jakarta, Indonesia, ahead of a crucial UN climate summit, known as COP26, which kicks off on October 31 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Timmermans says that current global economic models, including history’s dependence on fossil fuels, must change to ensure a fairer shift toward greener economies.

But those changes must not have come at the expense of poorer nations and development, he said.


European Green Deal

The European Green Deal is a set of policy initiatives by the European Commission with the overarching aim of making Europe climate neutral in 2050. (wikipedia)


European Commission

The European Commission is the executive branch of the European Union, responsible for proposing legislation, enforcing EU laws and directing the union’s administrative operations. (wikipedia)


Frans Timmermans

Franciscus Cornelis Gerardus Maria Timmermans is a Dutch politician and diplomat serving as First Vice President of the European Commission since 2014, (wikipedia)


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