NGOs say COP26 climate summit must be postponed

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A global network of more than 1,500 climate NGOs called on Britain to postpone the upcoming COP26 summit, saying Tuesday that a lack of Covid-19 vaccines risked side-lining developing countries.

…Developing countries will be deeply affected by decisions taken at the COP on issues ranging from climate finance, international carbon markets, and how to help poor nations cope with severe climate damages already incurred.

“A climate summit without the voices of those most affected by climate change is not fit for purpose,” said Mohamed Adow, a longtime observer of the talks and director of the Nairobi-based think tank Power Shift Africa.

“If COP26 goes ahead as currently planned, I fear it is only the rich countries and NGOs from those countries that would be able to attend,” he added.

“This flies in the face of the principles of the UN process and opens the door for a rich nations stitch-up of the talks.”

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