British Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated in the present day the international pact reached over the weekend on preventing climate change can be “game-changing,” however added that he was dissatisfied by efforts to water down the ultimate textual content.
“My delight at this progress is tinged with disappointment,” stated Johnson, whose authorities hosted the two-week COP26 climate convention in Glasgow, Scotland the place the settlement was reached. “These for whom climate change is already a matter of life and loss of life, who can solely stand by as their islands are submerged, their farmlands flip to abandon, their properties battered by storms — they demanded a excessive degree of ambition for this summit.”
He added: “Whereas many people had been prepared to go there, that wasn’t true of all people. Sadly that is the character of diplomacy.”
Johnson’s remarks on the finish of the convention echoed a refrain of criticism over last-minute adjustments to the ultimate textual content after the deal emerged Saturday evening. The deal is the primary to incorporate a dedication on decreasing coal, calling for a “section down” of its use. However an preliminary model of the textual content had referred to as for a “section out” — earlier than a last-ditch intervention by China and India.
Johnson however stated the deal “sounded the loss of life knell for coal.”
Alok Sharma, Britain’s COP26 president, had appeared near tears Saturday when he unveiled the brand new textual content. At in the present day’s press convention with Johnson, Sharma stated his emotion was right down to “aid” at getting a deal over the road.
Requested concerning the late change to the settlement, Sharma stated “the actual fact [that] we received the coal language in” means governments can push additional at future conferences.