Alok to visit South & SE Asia to build support for COP26

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With less than six months to go before COP26, he will meet with leaders from government, business and civil society to press for a move to global clean power…reports Asian Lite News

The COP26 President-Designate, Alok Sharma, will travel to Vietnam, Indonesia and Bangladesh this week to strengthen support for UK COP26 climate priorities ahead of hosting the crucial UN climate change summit in Glasgow this November.

With less than six months to go before COP26, he will meet with leaders from government, business and civil society to press for a move to global clean power, critical to limiting global temperature rise to 1.5C.

Vietnam, Indonesia and Bangladesh are fast growing economies with significant renewable energy potential.

It builds on the recent Climate and Environment Ministerial meeting, under the UK’s leadership, where G7 nations agreed to end all new direct government support for international coal power, and to increase support for clean energy alternatives like solar and wind.

G7 nations also agreed to work to increase the quantity of finance for climate action in order to meet the $100bn per annum target to support developing countries.

“Last week, the G7 made history with a major step forward towards consigning coal to history and moving to a decarbonised power system. But tackling the climate crisis must be a global effort, which leaves no one behind,” Sharma said, ahead of his visit.

“COP26 is our best chance of safeguarding our planet for our children, building a brighter future with greener jobs and cleaner air, and keeping the 1.5C target alive,” he added.

The UK minister will discuss the needs of countries most vulnerable to climate change, to ensure they are equipped to deal with its current and damaging effects ahead of COP26.

Preventing deforestation whilst ensuring development and trade is sustainable will also be high on the agenda, as COP26 looks to highlight the protection of nature and biodiversity as a key tool in limiting global temperature rise to 1.5C.

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