The first day of COP26 in Glasgow brought a late wave of pledges to the country and forests, and the second day promises more announcements on a variety of topics, including the global methane agreement.
National leaders: On the second day of the World Leaders Summit, the remaining half of heads of state will deliver their speeches and commitments on global warming. Japan’s Kishida will be the last of the G7 leaders to appear before the plenary, arriving in Glasgow shortly after his election victory at the weekend.
In the afternoon, Panamanian President Laurentino Cortizo will sign a “Carbon Negative Declaration” that “unifies Panama, Bhutan and Suriname as the world’s only carbon-negative countries”.
Boris, Biden and B3W British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will attend a roundtable hosted by President Biden on the US administration’s “Build Back Better World” initiative known as the B3W Initiative to Support Green Infrastructure in Developing Countries launched in the G7.
methane: US President Joe Biden appeared empty-handed on the first day of the COP, but overnight, the US administration pushed through new methane rules bolstering a global push to reduce the release of powerful greenhouse gases. Arguably, reducing methane emissions offers the best chance of reducing global warming in the short term, particularly by preventing and distributing gas flares.
the trees: More than 100 global leaders and 30 financial institutions are expected to provide details on how they will implement their commitment to halt deforestation by 2030 and remove it from portfolios by 2025, respectively.
The announcement’s nightly release serves as the framework for a flood of corporate and country briefings throughout the day to reinforce the pledge.
Water Leaders of the so-called Water and Climate Alliance will announce that they are “committed to an integrated global water and climate agenda” at an event hosted by the World Meteorological Organization with COP26 President Alok Sharma.