COP26 draft deal ‘moves things forward for everyone’: UK presidency

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COP26 President Alok Sharma on Saturday urged delegates to accept a draft summit decision, saying the “balanced” deal at the UN climate talks “really moves things forward for everyone.”

“Everyone has had a chance to have their say. I hope that colleagues will appreciate what is on the table,” Sharma told the conference plenary, adding that the summit was planned to end “this afternoon” after dragging well into overtime.

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Sharma was speaking after an hour of frantic shuttle diplomacy between heads of delegation including US climate envoy John Kerry and European Commission vice president Frans Timmermans led a public debate on the text to be delayed even further.

Sharma acknowledged that “not every aspect will be welcomed by everyone” but insisted that a deal was in sight.

After two weeks of round-the-clock talks, countries are still far apart on several issues, including how vulnerable nations’ climate fight is financed and on rules governing carbon markets.

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