British politician Alok Sharma was speaking during a global debate on the “green” transformation in sectors such as energy, transportation and food systems, which was held as part of the 2021 Spring Meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (International Monetary Fund).
“Oceans are warming, storms are increasing, and yet we are far from achieving our goals. Paris Agreement“Unless we act now, the human, economic and environmental costs will dwarf anything humanity has seen before,” he said at the virtual meeting.
John Kerry: Another chance to get serious
COP26, to be held in November in Glasgow, Scotland, aims to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Treaty, which focus on limiting global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
John Kerry, the US presidential special envoy for climate, described the conference as “our last best chance to be real and serious.” He particularly urged developed countries to intensify efforts to cut emissions.
“It is imperative that we raise ambition. We are making Glasgow the next step in defining not what we are ready to do but what we really need in order to get the job done.”
Prince William: Invest in nature
For Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, COP26 represents an opportunity to put nature at the center of the climate battle. He called on banks to invest in nature, noting that spending so far is very little.
“We cannot recover sustainably from Corona VirusOr eliminate global poverty, achieve net zero emissions, or adapt to climate change, without investing in nature.
United Nations Envoy for Energy for All
Energy access should also be part of the green transition, according to Damilula Ogunpe, CEO of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), a partner of the United Nations.
She said that nearly 800 million people worldwide do not have access to electricity, while 2.8 billion people lack access to clean cooking sources, which is equivalent to the population of Africa, Europe and China combined.
To transform their lives, it recommended that governments focus on policies in the areas of promoting renewable and sustainable energy, ease of doing business and regulations. Again, financing is needed here, along with commitment.
Mrs. Ogunpei said, and she is tooThe Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All.
“We have to have a COVID vaccine response to help a lot of developing countries because it’s not just that they don’t want to switch, or that they don’t want to do the right thing. It’s the fact that if you need to move, there is a lot of funding required.