Johnson is cautious about delivering on UN Climate Fund pledges

Johnson is cautious about delivering on UN Climate Fund pledges


Forcing wealthy nations to deliver on their UN climate fund pledges this week will “be a stretch,” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson admitted before a meeting with global leaders on Monday that intended to do just that.

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Forcing wealthy nations to deliver on their UN climate fund pledges this week will “be a stretch,” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson admitted before a meeting with global leaders on Monday that intended to do just that.

At the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Conference, rich countries promised to provide US $ 100 billion annually to poorer countries from 2020 onwards to counter the effects of climate change.

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development said progress was “disappointing” as developing countries received $ 79.6 billion in 2019.

“I think it will take a long time to get everything done this week,” Johnson told reporters when he traveled to New York on Sunday to attend the UN General Assembly (UNGA), according to the PA news agency.

He added that he rates the chances of achieving this before the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow in November as “six out of ten”.

“It’s going to be tough, but people need to understand that this is vital to the world,” he said.

He added that there were “real signs of progress” from China, the world’s largest carbon emitter, despite COP26 President Alok Sharma on Sunday that Chinese President Xi Jinping had not yet confirmed his attendance at the conference.

Johnson will convene the meeting of heads of state and government on Monday along with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
“We only have a short time. World leaders must meet their climate commitments ahead of @ COP26, “Johnson said in a tweet.

The UN Climate Fund is the most important financial instrument for the Paris Agreement, which calls for the rise in global temperatures to be limited to “well below” two degrees Celsius and, if possible, 1.5 degrees Celsius.

The treaty calls for billions of dollars annually for poor countries already coping with floods, heat waves, rising sea levels and superstorms made worse by climate change.

In addition to attending UNGA, Johnson will visit the White House on his trip days after the announcement of a new security pact between the US, Australia and the UK created a deep rift with ally France.

He will also meet with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, known for his skepticism about climate change, and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

When asked if he would challenge Bezos on taxes Amazon pays in the UK and workers’ rights, Johnson said he would “safely” do so.

“But I’ll also congratulate him on his massive forest initiative. He’s investing heavily in tree planting around the world,” he said.

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