Indigenous peoples are the “Guardians of the Forests”. COP26 saw a significant $1.7bn pledge being made towards the recognition of land tenure by Indigenous peoples. Nature-based solutions might threaten rights of Indigenous peoples and their adoption must be urgently regulated.
The most high-profile commitment of the Glasgow Climate Pact was the promise to ‘phasedown’ coal use - rather than to phase it out. However, the pact did mark the first time in the UN climate process that the Parties recognised the need to rapidly reduce coal The Glasgow Climate Pact promised progress on finance, adaptation, Article 6, and employed strong language supporting the scientific consensus on climate change. Loss and damage and nature and biodiversity received far fewer concrete commitments in the final draft.
COP26 Landmark forests declaration now covers 90% of forests globally Climate change and nature recognised as intertwined crises at COP26 but notably missed being featured in the ‘Glasgow Climate Pact’. Negotiations at COP26 failed to consider the whole food system.
The COP26 Presidency wanted to make the conference the most inclusive COP ever, however, reports have indicated that this has not been the case. Vaccine rollout and travel restrictions have been two of the barriers to accessibility and inclusivity to COP26. The price of accommodation has also been a barrier for young people wanting to attend the conference.
Week two of COP26 will include negotiations and discussions on adaptation, transparency, loss and damage, science, nature, and the transport sector. ClimaTalk will be hosting live sessions on these topics between Monday 8 November and Friday 12 November As the second week of COP26 draws to a close, ClimaTalk will be discussing whether the Glasgow COP delivered on the expectations placed on the summit. Follow ClimaTalk to stay up to date on all the topics outlined in this article.