09 Nov, 2021

Liberals call for increased climate ambitions

On 8 November, ALDE Party and Liberal International hosted an online roundtable event on the fringes of COP26. Liberal policymakers and representatives from partner organisations gathered together to share their views and exchange information on the ongoing United Nations Conference on Climate Change to align common aims.  The event was chaired by ALDE Party acting co-President Timmy Dooley and President of Liberal International Hakima El Haité.

The participants discussed the role of liberals when it comes to influencing the sustainability agenda in the next years, with a particular look at the first week of negotiations and an eye towards the second and final round of negotiations. Moreover, they also stressed the importance of the liberal voice, including younger generations, when it comes to building back better from the pandemic and generating jobs and growth as well as for the respect of rule of law across the globe.

The roundtable participants agreed on a common pledge calling for stronger international cooperation and increased climate ambitions, which states:

We, the liberals gathered at COP26, express our shared concern over the climate crisis.

We regret the lack of progress and action since COP25 and call for stronger international cooperation to raise climate commitments and implement them; climate change sees no borders and working together is key to combat it. We regret that the leaders of China, Russia, and Brazil, some of the biggest emitters of greenhouse gases, are not present at this critical conference.

Read the pledge in full here

See Liberal International's article on the roundtable here.

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