UN climate agency publishes draft of final Glasgow COP26 deal

Nov 10, 2021: The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) on Wednesday released the first draft of a political decision that countries will release at the end of the COP26 summit.

Negotiators from about 200 countries will work to reach a final deal on the draft before the summit ends on Friday.

The “COP cover decision” is being closely watched for what it might commit countries to do to bridge the gap between their current climate targets and the more ambitious action scientists say is needed to avert disastrous levels of warming.

Big divisions remain as countries barter over the fine details. Among them are disagreements over carbon market rules, the timeline for updating emissions-cutting pledges and payments to climate-vulnerable nations.

Meanwhile, a raft of announcements are expected on the greening of transportation. Emissions from the transportation sector account for about 24% of global emissions.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged countries overnight to “put aside differences and come together for our planet and our people”.

He was expected to travel on Wednesday from London back to the conference to meet with national and civil society negotiators together with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

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