As countries around the world respond to the coronavirus pandemic, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the UK government have announced that the annual global climate talks, COP26, scheduled for November this year are to be postponed until 2021. The conference had been marked as a crucial deadline for countries to release new and more ambitious national plans to combat rising emissions under the Paris climate agreement after last year’s COP in Madrid concluded without agreement on carbon markets or trading emissions credits.
In this discussion, Professor Laurence Tubiana and Peter Betts will examine whether the postponed talks can and should become a centrepiece of revitalised global cooperation on climate change. Can the current global crisis be seen as an opportunity that will encourage governments to craft post-coronavirus stimulus plans with climate action in mind? What kind of policies can governments implement to drive forward sustainability goals? And will the pandemic lead to a more efficient and congruent international system or could ‘corona-nationalism’ undermine global cooperation in the future?
Laurence Tubiana, CEO, European Climate Foundation
Peter Betts, Associate Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources Programme, Chatham House
Chair: Dr Robin Niblett, Director and Chief Executive, Chatham House