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No UN climate talks to be held in 2020, as interim meeting postponed again

(Climate Home News, 23 Jun 2020) There will be no UN climate negotiations this year, after preparatory talks scheduled in October have been postponed a second time into 2021.

On Monday evening, top climate diplomats decided the intersessional meeting which happens every year between UN climate summits in Bonn, Germany, where UN Climate Change is headquartered, would not be able to take place on the proposed dates of 4-12 October. A new date for the meeting is yet to be decided.

The meeting, initially scheduled in June, was tentatively moved to Octoberafter the coronavirus pandemic made it too risky to hold international conferences. The next major summit, Cop26 in Glasgow, UK, has been pushed back to 1-12 November 2021.

The UN Climate Change bureau, which is constituted of 11 climate diplomats from around the world, met at short notice on Monday after the German government announced last week it would extend a ban on large events until at least the end of October, to avoid a new wave of coronavirus infection.

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