It was expected to be confirmed today that Turkey has dropped out of the race to host the 2020 UN climate negotiations, leaving the UK and Italy as joint hosts, with the event to be hosted at the SEC in Glasgow in November 2020.

Commenting on the news, Friends of the Earth Scotland Climate Campaigner Caroline Rance said:

“The eyes of the world will be on Scotland when the UN Climate Conference comes to Glasgow. If the Scottish Government doesn’t increase its targets in the Climate Bill currently going through Holyrood and get serious about cutting emissions, COP26 will expose Scotland as simply one of many rich, industrialised countries failing to deliver their fair share of efforts to tackle the crisis.

“While the First Minister has declared a climate emergency, the new climate law – set to be finalised in just two weeks – still fails to increase action in the crucial next decade, and the recent programme for government continues the SNP government’s hypocritical support for the oil and gas industry.

“We look forward to welcoming campaigners, Indigenous activists and representatives from communities on the frontline of the climate crisis from around the world here to Scotland. Civil society are already gearing up to work together across the country and with groups around the world, to put pressure on our governments to act in line with the climate crisis. We already know the solutions, and we will be there to demand action.”


Notes to Editors

Story reported in The Herald (10/9/19) https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/17893419.glasgow-set-confirmed-venue-major-un-climate-change-summit-2020/

Confirmed on Climate Home https://www.climatechangenews.com/2019/09/10/turkey-withdraws-bid-host-2020-un-climate-talks-paving-way-uk/

The UN climate negotiations, known as COP26, will bring up to 30,000 delegates and 200 world leaders to Glasgow to debate the next steps in global action to reduce climate change emissions. https://unfccc.int

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