COP26 President welcomes Vatican’s support on climate action

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By Caribbean News Global

Vatican City – COP26 President-Designate Alok Sharma, completed a visit to the Vatican during which he welcomed the continued support from the Holy See on climate action as we move towards the COP26 climate conference in November, the Cabinet Office said, Monday.

Sharma met with Vatican officials, including His Eminence, Cardinal Parolin; discussing the steps the Vatican State has taken itself to reduce its emissions, Sharma highlighted the four COP26 goals: limiting warming to 1.5 degrees, adapting to protect communities and natural habitats, mobilising climate finance and working together to accelerate action.

A Faith and Science: Towards COP26 event will be held in Rome in the autumn and as part of his visit, Sharma was able to look forward to the event and discuss the mobilising of leaders from the world’s major faiths to build momentum ahead of COP26.

“All faiths have an important role to play on climate change, leading by example and mobilising people of faith to take action,” the Cabinet Ofiice added, “Pope Francis committed the Vatican City State to net-zero by 2050 at the Climate Ambition Summit last December.”

Following the visit, Sharma said: “A cross-society approach is essential if we are to achieve the Paris Agreement goal of keeping global warming to less than 1.5 degrees alive. Faith leaders are an integral part of this approach and I was honoured to visit Vatican City to discuss this. His Holiness, Pope Francis, has committed the Vatican State to a net zero future and I hope his leadership and moral standing across the world will set a powerful example to others.”

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