COP26 President at opening of June Momentum for Climate Change
COP26 President Alok Sharma spoke at the opening ceremony of the UNFCCC's June Momentum for Climate Change
COP26 President Alok Sharma spoke today (1 June 2020) at the opening ceremony of the June Momentum for Climate Change, a series of online events hosted by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
UN Deputy Secretary General Amina J. Mohammed, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa, COP25 President Minister Carolina Schmidt, and Subsidiary Body Chairs Marianne Karlsen and Tosi Mpanu Mpanu were also part of the panel for the online event.
COP26 President Alok Sharma said:
Well, Melinda thank you very much for that and thank you for channelling Winston Churchill in your introductory remarks.
Firstly, let me just thank our presiding officers Marianne Karlsen and of course Ambassador Tosi Mpanu-Mpanu for convening this June Momentum for Climate Change as well as of course Patricia and the UNFCCC Secretariat for all their work in making this happen.
You’re absolutely right, I do have two hats that I come to, they’re actually I don’t believe mutually exclusive at all, they’re indeed complimentary. But, right now, the immediate focus of course has been on fighting the coronavirus pandemic in terms of the economic support that we’re providing to businesses to safeguard jobs, so not just lives but also livelihoods across our country and I do believe the package of measures the UK has put in place are substantial and on an international level favourable.
But of course every country right now will be focused on this, but I think as many colleagues have already said is that what we mustn’t do is of course lose sight of the huge challenges of climate change itself.
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