Ambassador Whittingham attended the virtual opening of the Franco-Central American talks on climate change, organized by the French government, the Guatemalan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the countries of the Central American Integration System (SICA).
The UK will host COP26 in Glasgow in November this year. As President of COP26, we will accelerate progress towards achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement through increased ambition in adaptation, mitigation and finance.
The UK made important announcements under each of these pillars at the Climate Ambition summit in December 2020, and we encourage other Parties to do the same. We were delighted to see so many SICA Member Heads of State speak at the Climate Ambition summit and to see the rise of climate ambition in the region.
We also want to accelerate the transitions of the global economy in the areas of energy, transport and finance. And we want to spur action on adaptation and build resilience, and stop and reverse biodiversity loss.
Regarding the negotiations, we want to agree on a comprehensive, ambitious and balanced negotiated result that accelerates climate action and propels the process, in particular by resolving the outstanding elements of the “Paris settlement”.
Looking ahead to COP26, further progress is needed on NDCs and LTSs in 2021, as outlined in the NDC synthesis report. Many large issuers have yet to submit new plans, and many of the CDNs in large economies have failed to meet the needs to meet the Paris Agreement targets.
The continued submission of updated NDCs by small emitters helps maintain moral pressure on large economies to increase their ambition and emission reduction commitments. Net zero commitments must also be supported by Long Term Strategies (LTS) submitted to the UNFCCC (in accordance with the Paris Agreement).
Central America is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Through our presidency of COP26, we want to ensure that the most vulnerable and those at the forefront of the impacts of climate change are prioritized, listened to and that their concerns, including access to finance climate, adaptation and loss and damage are addressed.
The Covid-19 pandemic has made the world’s poorest countries even more vulnerable. However, in the context of Covid-19, there is an unprecedented opportunity to restart global economies in a way that builds more sustainable, inclusive and resilient societies.
The benefits of tackling climate change are many and fundamentally in our common interest; among them: cleaner air, healthier communities, sustainable economic growth, energy security and a safer and more stable climate. However, we can only achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement if we all work together.