COP-26 head to visit India

President of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP-26) and climate chief of United Kingdom government, Alok Sharma is to visit India in August to meet the leaders of country that has become the biggest emitter of greenhouse gases following US and China.

Key Points

  • This visit will happen in the aftermath of India putting pressure of declaring a net zero emission goal.
  • Instead, India called out countries on their carbon neutral intent announcements and termed it meaningless.
  • UK is committed to work closely with partners in India to ensure successful outcome at COP26 in Glasgow in November 2021.
  • Earlier in 2021, COP26 President Designate, Alok Sharma, also visited India and met PM Modi.

About COP-26

COP-26 is extended as “The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference”. It is the 26th United Nations Climate Change conference, which is scheduled to be held in city of Glasgow, Scotland. It will be held from 31 October to 12 November 2021. United Kingdom holds presidency of the conference. Conference will also incorporate the 26th Conference of Parties to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), third meeting of parties to Paris Agreement (CMA3) and 16th meeting of the parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP16). During this conference, Parties are expected to commit to enhanced ambition for first time since COP21.

Venue of COP 26

Venue for the conference is SEC Centre in Glasgow. Originally it was to be held at same place in November 2020. But the event was postponed for twelve months because of COVID-19 pandemic in Scotland.

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