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SCIAF welcomes decision to postpone COP26 conference

The Church’s charity for overseas development has welcomed a decision to postpone the COP26 climate change conference due to coronavirus.

The conference was set to take place in Glasgow from November 9-20 this year, but will instead take place in 2021.

The date and location of the 2021 conference has not yet been announced.

SCIAF’s chief executive Alistair Dutton said: “SCIAF welcomes the decision to delay COP26 in light of the COVID-19 crisis.

Limiting spread

“The need to limit the spread of this pandemic means the conference must be postponed, but action to tackle the climate emergency cannot be.”

Many countries supported by SCIAF are currently experiencing droughts, floods and natural disasters.

While it is uncertain if the postponed conference will go ahead next year in Glasgow, Mr Dutton is hopeful it will remain the chosen host city for COP26.

Voice of the poor

He added: “The delay will allow time to prepare properly to ensure that COP26 achieves as much as possible.

“When it does take place, it will be vital that the voice of the poorest is heard, and that all of us work together to find a sustainable and equitable solution to the problem of climate change.”

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