Friday, December 3

The UN defends the commitment adopted at COP26 although it recognizes a “complex and delicate balance”


The United Nations office for climate change has defended the commitment adopted this Saturday in Glasgow, which will allow “the full application of the Paris Agreement”, although it has recognized that the result of the negotiations “It reflects a delicate balance between the interests and aspirations of the nearly 200 Parties.”

In a statement circulated on the cutting edge yesterday, shortly after the end of COP26 in the UK, The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has highlighted that the resolutions and decisions adopted at the conference are “the fruit of intense negotiations over the last two weeks, of strenuous formal and informal work over many months, and of a constant commitment both in person and virtually for almost two years ”.

According to the office, eThis consensus is based on the pillars of adaptation –Measures to help the most vulnerable countries cope with the effects of global warming–, financing and mitigation.

On adaptation, the UNFCCC has highlighted the establishment of a working group to identify needs and solutions to the climate crisis, as well as the reinforcement of the Santiago Network, a program that connects vulnerable developing nations with technical experts and resources to face the consequences and risks of global increase in temperatures.

In terms of funding, the office has valued the decision to “at least double funding for adaptation.” He has also insisted on the need to keep the promise that developed countries donate $ 100 billion (about 87,000 million euros) annually to developing countries to advance in the fight against climate change.

Finally, according to the UNFCCC, in terms of mitigation se has encouraged the countries participating in the summit to take measures to reduce their emissions in a way that limits the global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius, as stated in the Paris Agreement.

The executive secretary of the UNFCCC, Patricia Espinosa, has valued the conclusion of the Paris regulation, which establishes the rules for carbon trading, which according to Espinosa “It means that the Paris Agreement can now fully work for the benefit of all.”

For its part, the president of COP26, Alok Sharma, it has celebrated that the objective is maintained that the global temperature does not increase above 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, although it has warned that “its pulse is weak and it will only survive if we keep our promises”.

Despite the advances, the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, has stated in a message relayed at the end of the summit that its result “is an important step, but not enough”, and has assured young people that although it knows that they are “disappointed” with the outcome of the negotiations, progress is rarely go “straight ahead.”



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