News Digest (September 1-15)

UN General Assembly and Climate Week NYC to Accelerate Climate Action

The meeting of Government and private sector leaders during and on the margins of 2021 UN General Assembly session (14-30 September is arranged to move forward critical climate action ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference COP26 in November. Climate Week New York City from September 20-26 will support a platform for highlighting leading climate actions and exploring how to provide accelerate action to tackle the climate crisis. The COP26 Presidency and COP26 High-Level Climate Champions and global leaders will call for a change from ambition to implementation to build a cleaner, healthier and more climate-resilient world.

Religious Leaders Issue Joint Appeal Ahead of COP26

The leaders of the Roman Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Anglican Communion have warned together for the first time for the urgency of environmental sustainability, its impact on poverty and the role of global cooperation. In the joint statement, they have called on people to pray for world leaders before the UN Climate Conference COP26 in November. It also calls on individuals to make impactful actions for the sake of the planet and taking responsibility for how to use the resources. 

Indigenous Women Vital to Climate Action

The International Day of Indigenous Women celebrated annually on 5 September as a reminder that indigenous women play an important role in reducing the emission which has great impact on the climate change and help the communities address climate-related impacts. Based on the previous experiences, the participation of indigenous women in climate policy is crucial to achieving commitments under the Paris Agreement and sustainable development.

Pivotal climate summit dogged by COVID and equity concerns

Environmental network calls for delay to the November meeting, but the host nations and many developing countries agree to prioritize climate threats. The governments of developing countries have been working behind the scenes to solve the high costs of the conference due to the pandemic. Low-income countries and island nations have been strong advocates for aggressive climate actions so far since they have done least to global warming and often vulnerable to its impacts. Many high-level international climate meetings are held online due to the pandemic. However, gatherings like COP26 are made by human interactions among activists, negotiators and scientists. For low-income countries, going virtual is a challenge since the internet connections are less reliable.

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