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Nov 9, 2021

The Realities of COP26

Today, ministerial meetings continued at COP26 as countries try to finalize negotiations. The Caribbean region, through the Alliance of Small Island States, better known as AOSIS, has developed its position which is shared at the ministerial level. But Doctor Colin Young, the Executive Director of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre based in Belize, says so far the talks have been slow and not entirely transparent. 


Dr. Colin Young

Dr. Colin Young, Executive Director, CCCCC

“The last week has been rather very disappointing. This week and probably by tomorrow, it will get into the very high level segment of the negotiations where the political leadership will take up a lot of the unresolved negotiating position. We still maintain our three asks that we came here with. We want countries to take actions to keep one point five within reach. Right now we are still at two point seven degrees. So if we leave here and we don’t get that, from that point of view, COP26 would have been a failure. And we would be feeling the effects of this for yet another year without any certainty as to where we will go. The second thing that we want is for them to live up to their promise. A hundred billion dollars a year is not a lot when they have put trillions into recovery from COVID. If we leave here and there is not a credible pathway to a hundred billion per year and it is not transparent so that we can see who is delivering what to whom, we would have also had a failure on that. And on the third area, which is we need to finalize the rules so that the Paris Rule book can be implemented. We are having challenges there too. Countries are posturing and they are delaying tactics on the issue of transparency. You would think that everybody wants to be transparent, but we are having countries trying to hold transparency hostage because they want other asks. And then Article Six is also moving incrementally. So hopefully, better moral suasion and leadership will emerge over the next couple of days and we will get something in that Glasgow package that resembles these three asks that we as part of CARICOM and AOSIS have. One point five is disastrous for us. Hurricanes will increase in intensity, droughts will increase, sea levels will rise even more inundating our beaches, causing coastal erosion. And if we think it is bad now, and it is bad, we don’t want to see what will happen if it gets to one point five and above. So that is why we are fighting, that is why we lose sleep, that is why our negotiators are there till the wee hours of the morning trying to hold the positions and advocate for what is really needed.”

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