COP 26 Ends Today-Nov. 12

By Mark Neywon Mengonfia-mmenginfia@gmail.com , in Glasgow

GLASGOW-For two weeks now, Glasgow has been the center of major world news.

The 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) opened the 1st of November, but had pre activities before.

Thousands of negotiators, including government representatives, businesses and citizens, civil society organizations descended on that Scotland’s largest city to discuss ways of reducing the temperature of the earth to 1.5 degrees, (this is an agreement reached in Paris many years ago)  known as  the Paris Agreement. Many years ago, COP saw in Paris where every country pledged to limit global warming to well below two degrees and aim for 1.5 degrees.

The 12 days of talking and negotiations were marked by different groups presenting their petitions through different forms.

Countries commitment plans were brought forward to set out how much they would reduce emissions.

Liberia is one of those countries  that made such promise- to ensure that they work with communities to help preserve their forest and at the same time provide alternative livelihood for those who depend on the forest for living, but the call has been that countries that have huge forest get benefits.

Liberia as a Country, presented its own Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) during the conference and they had negotiations and attended other side events in the interest of the country.

NDC  or Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) are non-binding national plans, highlighting climate actions, including climate related targets for greenhouse gas emission reduction, policies and measures governments aim to implement in response to climate change and as a contribution to achieve the global target, set out in the Paris Agreement.

A new agreement is expected to be out today at the end of this year’s conference in Glasgow because the commitments laid out in Paris did not come close to limiting global warming to the previous target.

What is expected from this conference might not, as well be achieved as it was done with the previous target.

To put more pressure on the world leaders and delegates who have gone for COP 26, groups from different backgrounds with different areas of interest gathered in Glasgow with protestations.

Some were called for climate Justice, while others want to hear more action in addressing the issue of Climate Change.

Some of the protesters were engaged with their protest many months before the Glasgow’s Conference which ends today, November 12.

A man who walked    for about three months in a designed structure that looks like globe, was also part of the protest that took place in Glasgow during the period of COP26 in UK.

The protesters called for change in how individuals of the world conduct themselves when it comes to pollution and as well as ensuring that they protect it.

During the over two weeks of gathering, young people also gathered and expressed their feelings about issues of climate change calling for climate justice for poor countries around the world.

According to them, the world will not achieve in its fight if the issue of fossil fuel is not addressed by those world leaders and the tens of thousands of people who gathered in the United Kingdom.

Leaders were joined by civil society, international organizations, businesses and youth to mark the start of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties.

At the same time, world leaders including Liberian President, George M. Weah had a world leader’s summit at which time they outlined what must be achieved in Glasgow.

Their summit sent a signal to negotiators to work together to accelerate climate action in this crucial decade, stressing the need to drive progress on all issues and conclude the Manual to support delivery of the Paris Agreement goals.

Those world leaders spoke about the importance of charting a path to keep the prospect of limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C within reach; including closing the gap between the current Nationally Determined Contributions to 2030 and requirements of science; revisiting and updating them as necessary.

The first week witnessed commitments from world leaders, businesses, financial institutions, and private funders with US$1.7 billion support for Indigenous People and Local Communities (IPLCs), aims at halting and reversing forest loss and land degradation by 2030.

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