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The COP26 UN climate change conference set to take place in Glasgow in November has been postponed due to COVID-19, according to a new release from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

This decision has been taken by the COP Bureau of the UNFCCC, along with the event’s UK and Italian partners. 

According to the release, dates for a rescheduled conference in 2021, hosted in Glasgow by the UK in partnership with Italy, will be set out in due course following further discussion with parties. 

In light of the ongoing, worldwide effects of COVID-19, holding an ambitious, inclusive COP26 in November 2020 is no longer possible, the UN noted.

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COP26 President-Designate and UK secretary for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Alok Sharma said: “The world is currently facing an unprecedented global challenge and countries are rightly focusing their efforts on saving lives and fighting COVID-19. That is why we have decided to reschedule COP26.”

Italian Minister for the Environment, Land and Sea Protection, Sergio Costa, said noted on twitter:

UN Climate Change executive secretary Patricia Espinosa said:

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