Peter Hill

Chief executive of the UK team organizing next year’s COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow tells Antony Froggatt of Britain’s ambition to cut carbon emissions and lead the charge for a greener future

The World Today Updated 26 April 2021 Published 5 October 2020 4 minute READ

Antony Froggatt

Former Senior Research Fellow and Deputy Director, Environment and Society Centre

How is the COVID-19 pandemic affecting preparations for COP26 – including the negotiations and the submission of new country pledges – and what are the main logistical challenges you are facing? 

COVID-19 is obviously having a huge impact around the world. Governments are understandably focused on the immediate health and wellbeing of the public. That was the backdrop for the United Nations agreeing to push the COP26 summit from this year back to November 2021. But climate change has not gone away and, even in the jaws of this pandemic, everything we see and hear tells us that the public around the world remain just as concerned about climate change.

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