What they say about the UN climate agreement

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GLASGOW – Reactions to the climate deal agreed on Saturday at the COP26 conference in Scotland:

BRITISH PRIME MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON

“We have asked the nations to join for our planet at COP26 and they have responded to this call. I hope we will look back at COP26 in Glasgow as the beginning of the end of climate change, and will continue to work tirelessly towards this goal. “

CAMILA ISABEL ZEPEDA LIZAMA, DIRECTOR GENERAL FOR GLOBAL ISSUES, MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF MEXICO

“We believe we have been sidelined in a non-transparent and non-inclusive process. We all still have concerns, but we were told that we could not reopen the text. (…) Mexico, for example, believes that the human rights language should have been strengthened and I am very, very disappointed that such requests have not been heeded, while others may still ask to water their promises. “

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SVENJA SCHULZE, GERMAN MINISTER OF THE ENVIRONMENT

“Glasgow is bringing a clear acceleration to climate change and more speed is needed. (…) The fossil fuel era is coming to an end, the energy transition is becoming the model around the world.”

ALOK SHARMA, COP26 PRESIDENT

“I think today we can confidently say that we have kept 1.5 (degrees Celsius) on hand. But his pulse is weak and we will only survive if we keep our promises. (…) History was made here in Glasgow. “

Asked how to get excited on stage, Sharma told reporters: “I’ve slept about six hours for the past three days. But you know, look, it’s exciting, in the sense that collectively, as a team, we have achieved what I suspect, a lot of people have doubted, probably until the last few days. “

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He said he would celebrate the deal with “a dinner”.

TINA STEGE, SENT FOR CLIMATE, MARSHALL ISLANDS

“This package isn’t perfect. The change of coal and a weak result on loss and damage are hits. But this is real progress and the elements of the Glasgow package are a lifeline for my country. We must not discard the crucial victories contemplated in this package “

ANDREA MEZA, COSTA RICA MINISTER OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY

“Of course, we wanted to see more in loss and damage. Sure, we wanted to see more in the adaptation finance package, but I think it was a change in a way. I think for the first time, at least in some rooms, we have room to have really frank conversations. “

MANISH BAPNA, PRESIDENT, CEO, COUNCIL FOR THE DEFENSE OF NATURAL RESOURCES

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“COP26 has definitely moved the world forward, but now the fight for the climate must start all over again if we hope to keep global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius. Promises made in Glasgow – on climate ambition and clean energy, on helping to rebuild vulnerable communities and on climate finance, on reducing dangerous fossil fuels and on protecting forests – must be maintained, strengthened and accelerated. , starting today”.

TIM BENTON, DIRECTOR, ENVIRONMENT AND COMPANY, CHATHAM HOUSE

“Not enough has been done at this meeting to reduce emissions in a way that is consistent with avoiding dangerous climate change in the decades to come. Many commitments and the launch of encouraging new international initiatives, some more significant than others. But there is still no real urgency and the will to combine words with deeds and to bridge the gap between commitments and detailed short-term plans “.

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BERT WANDER, ACTUAL, AVAAZ:

“While the compromises at COP26 keep the 1.5 ° C target close at hand, it hangs by a thread. Glasgow has produced procedural benefits on emission cuts and important signals that urgent funding needs to be provided to vulnerable countries, but it is now close enough. If we want to halve emissions by the end of the decade, we need an urgent transformation in the way governments deal with the climate crisis ”.

UN SECRETARY GENERAL ANTONIO GUTERRES

“The approved texts are a compromise. They reflect the interests, conditions, contradictions and the state of political will in today’s world. They take important steps, but unfortunately the collective political will was not enough to overcome some profound contradictions ».

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INTERNATIONAL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF GREENPEACE JENNIFER MORGAN

“They have changed a word but they cannot change the signal coming out of this COP, that the coal era is ending. If you are an executive of a coal company, this COP has seen a negative result. “

MANUEL PULGAR-VIDAL, WWF’S WORLD LEADER ON CLIMATE

“We have to recognize that progress has been made. There are now new opportunities for countries to accomplish what they know needs to be done to avoid a climate catastrophe. But unless they turn sharply towards implementation and show substantial results, their credibility will continue to be questioned. “

KAVEH GUILANPOUR, VP OF INTERNATIONAL STRATEGIES, CENTER FOR CLIMATE AND ENERGY SOLUTIONS

“The Paris Agreement is working. It was not expected to solve the climate emergency in one go, but to do it over time. In 2014, before the agreement was adopted, the world was heading towards global warming of nearly 4 degrees Celsius. Coming out of COP26, the new commitments made mean that we are approaching about 2 degrees. Glasgow was an important step in keeping open the possibility of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees. “

(Compiled by Reuters staff in Glasgow; Editing by Mark Potter, Frances Kerry, Daniel Wallis and Cynthia Osterman)

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