Statement in response to UN climate summit postponement

Press release, 2 April 2020
In response to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and COP26 president the UK government’s announcement that the 2020 UN climate summit is postponed, IIED director Andrew Norton said:

“Given the disruption to the entire political process leading up to the climate summit, including the postponement of crucial preparatory meetings, this decision is not surprising, however disappointing. But it is vital that throughout this process the voices of the people in the most vulnerable countries can be heard, which without face-to-face meetings, is not possible.

“Governments will need urgently to pick up the pace as soon as a new summit date is decided and ensure their Nationally Determined Contribution plans for addressing the climate crisis are workable and in place in time. 

“It is vital that developed countries deliver both more and more effective climate finance for developing countries so they can develop and thrive in the face of the climate emergency. And ensure that any agreement on carbon markets does not lead to false counting of emissions cuts.

“It is crucial that the economic stimulus needed to restart the global economy after COVID-19 is low-carbon and in line with the Paris Agreement in order to keep temperature rise below 1.5°C. Developed countries must not only stimulate their own economies but must also support the least developed countries’ ability to thrive in the face of the climate crisis.”

Media enquiries

For more information or to arrange an interview, contact Beth Herzfeld, IIED head of media, on +44 (0)7557 658 482 or email beth.herzfeld@iied.org.

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