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.
We will continue working tirelessly with our partners to deliver the ambition needed to tackle the climate crisis and I look forward to agreeing a new date for the conference.
Alok Sharma, COP26 President-Designate and Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
COVID-19 is the most urgent threat facing humanity today, but we cannot forget that climate change is the biggest threat facing humanity over the long term.
Soon, economies will restart. This is a chance for nations to recover better, to include the most vulnerable in those plans, and a chance to shape the 21st century economy in ways that are clean, green, healthy, just, safe and more resilient.
In the meantime, we continue to support and to urge nations to significantly boost climate ambition in line with the Paris Agreement.
Patricia Espinosa, UNFCCC Executive Secretary
Whilst we have decided to postpone COP26, including the Pre-COP and ‘Youth for the Climate’ event, we remain fully committed to meeting the challenge of climate change.
Tackling climate change requires strong, global and ambitious action. Participation from the younger generations is imperative, and we are determined to host the ‘Youth for the Climate’ event, together with the Pre-COP and outreach events.
We will continue to work with our British partners to deliver a successful COP26.
Sergio Costa, Italian Minister for the Environment, Land and Sea Protection
The decision of the Bureau on the postponement of COP26 is unfortunately a needed measure to protect all delegates and observers.
Our determination is to make sure that the momentum for climate ambition will continue, particularly for the preparation and submissions of new NDCs this year.
Carolina Schmidt, COP25 President, Minister