“Reinvigorated Multilateralism” is what Defined COP26 in Glasgow

Last month’s United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow was marked by “reinvigorated multilateralism.  The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) President Collen Kelapile told the special meeting that the Glasgow Climate Pact, which aims to reduce global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, and other major commitments are “signs of progress.” 

More than five million people have died as a result of the pandemic as of last month, and extreme poverty has worsened for the first time in over 20 years as disparities and gender-based violence have increased. 

Vaccine equity, despite declarations of cooperation and vows, remains elusive. 

He urged the world to abandon traditional “siloed” techniques in favour of cross-sectoral decision-making and new solutions that unlock synergies across government portfolios, economic sectors, and the Sustainable Development Goals. Recovery packages and policies to address the pandemic’s effects must also support climate action and encourage the transformative changes that the world needs to achieve the Paris and Glasgow goals, as well as the Sustainable Development Goals. 

Abdulla Shahid, President of the United Nations General Assembly, admitted that the COP26 conclusions fell short of expectations. 

On the other hand, solace was found in the fact that attempts were done to keep 1.5C alive and ensure that mankind confirmed its destiny, he continued. 

He also stated that the outcomes of COP26 are still the best tool for the world to go forward. 

Patricia Espinosa, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), stated that parties built a bridge between strong intentions and measurable steps to reduce emissions, build resilience, and provide much-needed money during COP26. 

However, the world is still on the verge of a climatic disaster, and emergency measures must be taken to protect lives and livelihoods. He challenged everyone to get down to business and make the 2020s a decade of climate action. 

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