COP26 negotiators scrambled to turn promises into action on the last day of climate negotiations

Read Time:5 Minute, 5 Second

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks at a press conference on the 11th day of the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow, Scotland, on November 10, 2021.

Jeff J. Mitchell | Getty Images News | Getty Images

Glasgow, Scotland-On the last day of the COP26 climate negotiations, negotiators from nearly 200 countries are on the last fight to maintain the hope of keeping the global temperature at 1.5 degrees Celsius.

In a race against time, delegates are pushing for breakthroughs on the main sticking points, and issues such as climate financing and global carbon markets have not yet been resolved.

The UK will host the two-week summit in Glasgow, Scotland, until Friday night, although negotiations are likely to overrun.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called on ministers to bridge their differences in order to reach a consensus.

“This is bigger than any other country, and it is time for countries to put aside their differences and unite for our planet and our people,” he said when he returned to Scotland’s largest city on Wednesday. “If we want to keep 1.5 degrees Celsius in our grasp, we need to go all out.”

The cautious optimism of the first week was dampened by a shocking analysis of the world’s climate trajectory and a draft agreement that implied that current commitments were not enough to prevent the gradual deterioration of climate impacts.

Delegates need to develop a plan to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels to avoid climate catastrophe. This temperature threshold is a key global target and refers to the ideal target in the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement.

There is no clear indication as to whether the talks can meet the requirements of the climate emergency.

Transaction draft

Some people view the large number of commitments in the first week of negotiations as a “big step” forward, with countries committing to end and reverse deforestation by 2030, phase out coal, and reduce methane emissions by 30%.

Although critics have called for more concrete action, the recent unexpected China-US statement has also been described as an encouraging and significant move.

A report from the International Energy Agency last week stated that if governments fulfill their long-term commitments, humanity will face a warming of about 1.8 degrees Celsius. So far, it has been regarded as a major breakthrough, marking the least reliable prediction of global warming so far.

Members of the Climate Action protest organization Scientist Rebellion held up slogans during a demonstration during the COP26 United Nations Climate Change Summit in Glasgow on November 8, 2021.

Andy Buchanan | AFP | Getty Images

However, a climate action network study released on Tuesday found that, based on short-term goals, temperatures may rise by 2.4 degrees Celsius this century. This is a catastrophic prediction, showing that the world’s plans still cannot achieve the catastrophic goal.

British MP Alok Sharma, chairman of COP26, said in an interview with CNBC’s Steve Sedgwick on Friday that the text of the summit-a series of legal status commitments and transactions- It should be announced “soon”.

Sharma also refused to rule out the possibility that negotiations on the summit’s final agreement will continue until Friday, the last day of the climate summit. When asked if the negotiations will continue into the weekend, Sharma replied: “Let’s see, shall we?”

The first draft of the COP26 agreement announced on Wednesday requires governments to “re-examine and strengthen” their emissions targets by the end of next year, and calls on countries to support low-income countries through climate financing.

The seven-page text must be approved by all delegations participating in the talks, and it also calls for the accelerated phase-out of coal and fossil fuel subsidies. However, there is no set date or target on this issue.

If this term is not deleted from the final agreement, this will be the first time that the outcome of an international climate summit explicitly mentions fossil fuels. Environmental organizations said that they fully hope to cancel this part of the draft text before the end of the meeting.

Jennifer Morgan, executive director of Greenpeace International, said in a statement: “This draft agreement is not a plan to solve the climate crisis, but an agreement we all pray and hope for the best.”

“This is a polite request, and countries may do more next year. Well, this is not good enough. Negotiators should not even consider leaving the city until they reach an agreement that is in line with the present. Because it is most certain Yes, this one does not.”

‘One public relations announcement after another’

An analysis released by Global Witness on Monday found that COP26 has more representatives related to the fossil fuel industry than representatives from any country.

It has seriously questioned the credibility of the summit, especially since the burning of fossil fuels is the main driver of the climate crisis.

“I have been doing these COPs since 2000, and oil and gas companies have always been deeply rooted in many delegations,” said Carol Mufi, CEO of the non-profit Center for International Environmental Law. (Carroll Muffett) told CNBC. “They have a very direct way, so basically you can see fossil fuels everywhere except the text of the treaty.”

“The core of what we saw at this COP was one public relations announcement after another,” Mufitt said. “In the really important negotiations, things have not made progress.”

His comments echoed the criticism made by climate activist Greta Thunberg last week.

“The failure of COP26 is no secret. It is clear that we cannot solve the crisis in the same way that we were in the crisis in the first place,” Thunberg said at a future rally on Friday, November 5.

“The COP has become a public relations event. Leaders are delivering beautiful speeches announcing gorgeous promises and goals. Behind the scenes, the governments of the global northern countries still refuse to take any drastic climate action.”

If you want to know more about business please go to

0 %
0 %
0 %
0 %
0 %
0 %
We use cookies to personalise content and ads, to provide social media features and to analyse our traffic. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners. View more
Cookies settings
Privacy & Cookie policy
Privacy & Cookies policy
Cookie name Active

Who we are

Suggested text: Our website address is:


Suggested text: When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection. An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


Suggested text: If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.


Suggested text: If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year. If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser. When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select "Remember Me", your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed. If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Suggested text: Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website. These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Who we share your data with

Suggested text: If you request a password reset, your IP address will be included in the reset email.

How long we retain your data

Suggested text: If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue. For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

Suggested text: If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Suggested text: Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.
Save settings
Cookies settings