Climate Change: UK urged to save Action on Climate Empowerment at COP26

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Climate Change: UK urged to save Action on Climate Empowerment at COP26

Glasgow, Scotland (PANA) – The UK government has been urged to do everything within its power to save the negotiations on Action on Climate Empowerment (ACE) at COP 26 UN Climate Change Conference taking place in Glasgow, Scotland.

Negotiators have spent the week hammering out a new work programme for the ACE, which includes six critical areas: education, training, public awareness, public participation, access to information and international cooperation.

But Climate Outreach has urged the UK Government to step in and use its diplomatic powers to make sure the negotiations do not fail. It said this is the last chance to make sure the Parties agree the next 10-year work programme for ACE, Article 12 of the Paris Agreement.

Last year marked the end of the Doha work programme on ACE, but Climate Outreach says a lack of financing commitments by countries to support it meant it was not as effective as it could have been.

“Without financing and strong political will to back the new work programme, it is doomed to fail again,” Climate Outreach, charged in a statement issued here.

“We are calling on the UK Presidency and the UNFCCC to provide the necessary time to let negotiators reach a meaningful outcome,” said Deepayan Basu Ray, Climate Outreach’s Climate Engagement Initiative Lead.

Without this, States have no structure to ensure action for climate empowerment. And without citizens backing climate action, which a strong ACE work programme will ensure, the 1.5 degree target will be impossible to achieve.”

“We have a once-in-a-decade opportunity here to make sure that people are placed at the heart of the climate change response,” said Jamie Clarke, Executive Director of Climate Outreach. “It’s time to give ACE the time, money and attention it deserves. If we get this right, we can build a social mandate for climate action across the globe.”

Negotiators at COP 26 will wind up the first week of negotiations Saturday (today) and critical to move the process forward are issues, among them, relating to the provision of support to developing countries, especially in relation to the goal of mobilizing US$ 100 billion as the proposal to deliver the money within a decade remains unfulfilled. Negotiators of the African Group of countries have said this is their top priority in Glasgow.

Another central issue is on Loss and Damage and more than 300 civil society organisations are demanding that COP26 delivers on Loss and Damage. They want a decision to be made to provide Loss and Damage finance, in addition to the US$100 billion per year committed for Mitigation and Adaptation.

Delegates are also aiming to finalise the Paris Rulebook, the rules needed to implement the 2015 Paris Agreement and conclude outstanding issues from COP25 in Madrid, Spain.

Finalising the Paris Agreement’s implementation guidelines will enable the full implementation of all provisions, which will unleash more ambitious climate actions by all its Parties. In particular, the outstanding guidelines concerns the details around the global goal on adaptation, how to report climate action and support transparently, and the use of market-based mechanisms and non-market approaches.

The two-week UN global negotiations end on 12 November.



This story was originally published by PANAPRESS. It was produced as part of the 2021 Climate Change Media Partnership, a journalism fellowship organized by Internews' Earth Journalism Network and the Stanley Center for Peace and Security.

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