Press release

UK to host UN climate summit COP26 – Christian Aid response

Responding to the news that Turkey has withdrawn its bid for COP26 leaving the UK as the host, Dr Kat Kramer, Christian Aid’s Global Climate Lead, said: 

“It’s great that such a historic gathering will be held in the UK. For it to be a success, the UK needs to walk the talk and increase its own near-term targets reducing its emissions rapidly and radically.
“The UK further needs to develop a holistic plan to achieve its own legally-binding goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2050. This should be without using international offsets.
“Internationally, the UK needs to make sure that it is doing its fair share to support developing countries through finance and providing them with sustainable technologies like wind and solar.
“The UK also needs to ensure there are enough diplomats to do the needed outreach to make the UN meeting a success and that the voices from civil society groups from climate vulnerable countries must be heard in the talks.”