Reaction to postponement of COP26 climate summit

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Responding to the announcement that the UN Climate Summit due to take place in the UK in November has been postponed as a result of the coronavirus, Danny Sriskandarajah, Oxfam GB Chief Executive said:

“This pause is understandable in light of efforts to stop the pandemic we all now face. But this should not mean pausing our vital efforts to respond to a climate crisis that is already threatening lives and pushing millions of people deeper into hunger and poverty.

“The UK, as host of the summit, must keep global momentum going and cannot miss the opportunity to commit to both a just recovery and a just transition to a greener economy.

“Governments are right now showing they are ready to cooperate. They should avoid repeating the same mistakes that were made after the 2008 global financial crisis when stimulus packages caused emissions to rebound.”


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