The United Nations announced on April 1 that it has canceled a planned climate change conference scheduled for November. This delays crucial international efforts to stop global climate change.

Planned for Scotland this year, the conference draws environmental scientists, politicians and activists to discuss new climate goals and plans in light of increasing climate change events. The conference is known as COP26.

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Alok Sharma, a British official who is President of the conference tweeted on April 1, “The world is currently facing an unprecedented global challenge and countries are rightly focusing their efforts on saving lives and fighting covid-19. We will continue working tirelessly with our partners to deliver the ambition needed to tackle the climate crisis and I look forward to agreeing a new date for the conference.”

In a tweeted statement by @COP26, the account reiterated that “climate change remains a key priority for the UK and the international community.” The website for the conference said that the conference would be rescheduled for 2021.

UN Climate Change Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa said, “COVID-19 is the most urgent threat facing humanity today, but we cannot forget that climate change is the biggest threat facing humanity over the long term. Soon, economies will restart. This is a chance for nations to recover better, to include the most vulnerable in those plans, and a chance to shape the 21st century economy in ways that are clean, green, healthy, just, safe and more resilient. In the meantime, we continue to support and to urge nations to significantly boost climate ambition in line with the Paris Agreement.”

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