On Friday, the world’s poorest countries requested further assistance to satisfy vaccine and quarantine criteria and expenditures in order to participate in next month’s global climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland.
The discussions seek to encourage greater promises to begin decreasing man-made greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and keep the rise in average global temperature since pre-industrial times well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), in order to avert the worst consequences of climate change.
“Delegates from the LDC Group remain worried about the difficulties of traveling to Glasgow,” said Bhutan’s Sonam Phuntsho Wangdi, chair of the group of the 46 Least Developed Countries, in a release.
“Our nations and people are among the most impacted by climate change; we must not be excluded from discussions about how the world will deal with this catastrophe, which will determine the future of our people’s livelihoods.”
Twenty LDCs, including Ethiopia, Haiti, and Bangladesh, are on Britain’s coronavirus “red list,” which means their representatives will have to quarantine in a hotel for up to ten days before attending the “COP 26” discussions, which take place from October 31 to November 12.
Britain has stated that it will cover the costs of quarantine for delegates from red list nations and has reduced the duration to five days from ten for those who have been immunized.
It has also stated that it is giving COVID-19 vaccinations to delegates who are unable to obtain them.
The Climate Action Network (CAN), a collaboration of over 1,500 environmental organizations, requested for the discussions to be postponed on Tuesday due to participants’ difficulty getting vaccinations. According to CAN, Britain has been sluggish in delivering the vaccinations it has promised, and many countries are going to lose out.