Former US President Barack Obama told the United Nations climate change conference in Glasgow on Monday that most countries failed to meet their commitments in the 2015 Paris climate convention agreement and the world is nowhere near where it needs to be to combat climate change. Is.
Speaking during the second full week of talks – known as COP26 – Obama said the Paris conference and the subsequent agreement showed what was possible and created a framework by which to address the challenges of the climate crisis. Most nations have failed to be as ambitious as they should have been.
“The kind of ambitions we anticipated in Paris six years ago have not been uniformly realized,” Obama said. He called it “particularly discouraging” that the leaders of China and Russia – the two biggest emitters – also refused to attend the summit, and both countries have demonstrated that they have “immediately” on climate change. appears to be an alarming shortcoming”.
China is the world’s largest carbon emitter. Its president, Xi Jinping, called on other countries last week to “increase cooperation” and act on climate goals. However, Xi did not offer any new commitments. The comments came in a statement at the conference.
Obama said advanced economies like the United States and Europe need to move forward on this issue, but China, Russia and India should do the same. “We can’t tolerate anyone on the edge,” he said.
Addressing young people, Obama encouraged them to “vote like your life depends on it, because it does.” Obama said he understood his obsession with politics, but that governments around the world would not act unless he felt pressure from voters.
The 26th United Nations Climate Conference – or Conference of the Parties, or COP – is Obama’s first, when he helped complete the 2015 Paris climate agreement, when nations committed to cutting fossil fuel and agricultural emissions, so that Earth’s warming can be kept below catastrophic levels.
Climate summits have been less conclusive since then, especially as the US pulled out of the Paris Agreement under President Donald Trump. President Joe Biden has since rejoined. Last week, Biden announced ambitious change commitments while attending the Glasgow conference. The US is the second largest greenhouse gas emitter after China.
Some information for this report was provided by The Associated Press, Reuters and Agence France-Presse.