An update from GNDR Secretariat staff attending COP26 in Glasgow, UK
The World Leader’s Summit launched COP on day one with global prime ministers, presidents and royalty stating their key pledges and encouraging action from others in the room. Let’s hold our leaders to account as they make decisions that will affect those most at risk of climate change. Throughout COP26 we’re calling for international decision makers to give greater attention to loss and damage, gender equality and inclusion, and climate finance.
As COP26 gets underway, we used the day to make initial introductions, find our way around the vast conference hall and plan out all we might be able to do. Tomorrow there will be more tangible updates as Adessou joins the Loss and Damage working group, we join the Climate Action Network updates and attend side events to connect with more groups.
We thought we’d highlight work of others at COP26 as part of our network’s vision for everyone to work together to strengthen the resilience of people most at risk. Today we met Fonds Bleu who aim to preserve the planet’s ‘second lung’, the Congo Basin. These peatlands cover 150,000km and contribute to preserving climatic balance. Scientists estimate they store nearly 30 billion tonnes of carbon – the equivalent of four years worth of global CO2 emissions. Fonds Bleu is working across central Africa to preserve their mangroves, biodiversity and ecology.