The Cop26 Summit has been a rather interesting one on several levels, and the social impact of this summit will be seen for decades to follow. To begin with, the Cop26 is an event organized and conducted by the UN under the leadership of president Alok Sharma. It is formally known as the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference in its 26th Edition. Held in Glasgow, Scotland this year, the summit has already seen a number of landmark declarations.
To begin with, what would be most interesting to discuss here is the opening address of the UN Secretary General António Guterres, who delivered points on how concrete climate change commitment is the need of the hour. This comes hot in the heels of the G20 summit where the 20 super economies of the world met after a span of two years, only to leave out climate change goals and fixate on tax benefits that would further their economies. In his address at the Cop26, the secretary general of the UN ensured that he touched up the growing social scope to have more concrete climate change goals with the help of private involvement, better investment decisions and the growing intervention of various communities and younger people. With a focus on indigenous and women’s groups, he also rendered an inclusion based note at his address.
Further, Indian Prime Minister arrived at the Cop26 with an emphasis on trade and education in order to bring the Indian economy out of the pandemic flux that it has faced in the past two years. This was also compounded by the address delivered back home by Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of Commerce and Industries, when he said that the Indian economy has recovered completely with more opportunities for all.
Finally, the meet also saw a surprising climate change declaration by carbon superpowers US and China. This deal was called symbolic and many experts called for further details about the action that this deal and declaration would entail.