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UK risks missing UN climate deadline, in headache for hosts of key summit

(Climate Home News, 25 Jun 2020) The UK host of the next critical UN climate summit may struggle to meet a UN deadline to submit a tougher climate plan.

Under the Paris climate accord, governments have agreed to update their 2030 climate targets this year. Collectively, they must make deeper emissions cuts to limit global heating “well below 2C” and strive for 1.5C – the agreement’s temperature targets.

They are expected to bring their strengthened plans to the UN climate summit known as Cop26, in Glasgow, which has been pushed back to November 2021 after the coronavirus pandemic made it impossible to hold an international conference this year.

UN climate chief Patricia Espinosa has insisted the delay to Cop26 does not change the 2020 deadline for countries to submit updated climate plans, known as nationally determined contributions (NDCs).

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Climate Home News, 25 Jun 2020: UK risks missing UN climate deadline, in headache for hosts of key summit