Minister Eamon Ryan has said there has not been enough progress made on climate action as he arrived at COP26 climate summit in Glasgow.
He was able to travel to Scotland for the summit after an initial positive Covid-19 test was overturned by a second negative test.
Minister Ryan said he was happy to be able to attend the summit, and hoped Ireland could bring influence to bear through its membership of the European Union negotiating team.
He said getting support for developing countries was an important part of the work he hoped to do this week.
“There hasn’t been enough progress to date either here or at the 25 preceding COPs. The non-governmental bodies were right to call that out at the marches at the weekend. So we’ve got to be impatient for more progress,” he said.
As the UN climate talks enter their final week, nations are still worlds apart on key issues, such as rapidly the world curbs carbon emissions and how to aid nations impacted by global warming.
IMAGE – “Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Eamon Ryan” by The Green Party / Comhaontas Glas is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0