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Ed Miliband: COP26 will not deliver “everything we hoped for”

It has become clear that Cop26 will not deliver “everything we hoped for” on climate change, former Labor leader Ed Miliband said.

The Phantom Energy Secretary said the focus should now be on recouping what was possible in the final days of the conference and setting clear expectations for Cop27 next year.

The Glasgow summit is in its final days, with Cop26 chairman Alok Sharma saying negotiators are “not there yet” to reach an agreement to limit global warming.

Mr Miliband said the world was “a long way away” from halving global emissions this decade.

He told the Palestinian Authority news agency that negotiations should continue for as long as necessary, saying the text of the final deal must include funding for developing countries.

He said: “What is important is to do it right, not necessarily to do it quickly.

“I think the reality is that Glasgow is not going to deliver everything we hoped for now.

“We must halve global emissions this decade, we are far, very far, that’s what science tells us.

“I think it is now about saving what we can and living to fight another day and that is why it is important that the text is about the 100 billion US dollars (74.7 billion pounds sterling) for developing countries.

“And, above all, sets a clear mandate for countries to achieve next year, at Cop27, what they failed to achieve this year.”

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