President George Manneh Weah has called for concerted and accelerated global actions to minimize warming from climate change.
Attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference (UNCCC) 2021 known as the 26th Conference of Parties (COP26) ongoing in Glasgow, the United Kingdom.
Taking to the podium on Monday during the first part of the high-level segment in Plenary Cairn Gorm, President Weah informed his counterparts about Liberia’s national policy framework and other mechanisms that promotes beneficial climate for all.
President Weah also reminded world leaders about their commitments and the need to accelerate actions towards achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UNFCCC.
The Liberian leader stressed that addressing the issues of climate is as important as combating the existing global pandemic, COVID-19.
On the margins of COP26, President is expected to hold bilateral and multilateral meetings with other world leaders.
Meanwhile, the formal opening plenary of the 26th session of the Conference of the Parties, the 16th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol and the third session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Paris Agreement (COP 26/CMP 16/CMA 3), also referred to as the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2021, in Glasgow, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, kicked off on Sunday, 31 October 2021, at the Scottish Event Campus.
The UN Climate Change Conference is one of the first major face-to-face meetings wirh several heads of states in attendance since the start of the global Covid-19 crisis.
However, the introduction of drastic measures linked to the Covid-19 pandemic has led to a reduction in the size of the African delegations who are supposed to be amongst world leaders in attendance.
According to information, African leaders like Uhuru Kenyatta (Kenya), George Weah (Liberia), Muhammadu Buhari (Nigeria), Abdel Fattah al-Sissi (Egypt), Julius Maada Bio (Sierra Leone), Hage Geingob (Namibia) and Filipe Nyusi (Mozambique) are all expected to be in attendance.
Elsewhere in Africa, Félix Tshisekedi (DRC), Mohamed Bazoum (Niger), Denis Sassou Nguesso (Republic of Congo), Ali Bongo Ondimba (Gabon), Mohamed Ould Ghazouani (Mauritania), Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé (Togo), João Lourenço (Angola), Faustin-Archange Touadéra (CAR), Andry Rajoelina (Madagascar) and Umaro Sissoco Embaló (Guinea-Bissau) are all expected in-person at the event, unless there is a last-minute change.
Other Presidents who have instead opted to send their environment ministers include Macky Sall (Senegal), Paul Kagame (Rwanda, who is also expected to send his prime minister, Édouard Ngirente), Kaïs Saïed (Tunisia), Alassane Ouattara (Côte d’Ivoire), Roch Marc Christian Kaboré (Burkina Faso), Patrice Talon (Benin) and Prithvirajsing Roopun (Mauritius).
Tunisia’s head of state has sent his foreign minister, Othman Jarandi, while. Ramtane Lamamra, represents Algeria’s Abdelmadjid Tebboune and King Mohammed VI of Morocco is expected to be represented by Leila Benali, his Minister for Energy Transition and Sustainable Development.
Along with their counterparts from the continent, international donor organization representatives are also expected to be present in the Scottish city for the event.
David Malpass, president of the World Bank Group (WB) is expected to speak on the role of climate in relation to the supply and demand of energy in the world and Richard Amalvy, former vice-president of the United Nations NGO conference, will speak on the Brazzaville Foundation’s behalf.
The heads of state meeting which signifies the importance for world leaders to deliver concrete actions and credible plans aimed at achieving successful COP goals and coordinated action to tackle climate change was led by the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson