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‘Climate change does not care where you are’ says UK’s COP26 Ambassador Rogan

By Jaysim Hanspal

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Posted on November 17, 2021 13:07

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A person wears a mask depicting Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a protest at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, Britain November 12, 2021. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

As the host for this year’s United Nations Climate Change Conference, the UK has taken the helm to guide conversations post-Covid-19 and ensure a sense of cohesion as climate concerns continue to grow.

The international conversation between the Global South and the North, at this year’s COP26, has been an ethical debate.

For Janet Rogan, COP26 regional ambassador for the Middle East and Africa, climate change does not discriminate. “It’s about looking at how do you ensure that developed countries really do reduce the emissions, which have been [having an] impact on […] climate. I do not think climate change cares who you are or where you are,” she tells The Africa Report.

Rogan’s philosophy has been widely contested at this year’s COP summit. Delegates from rising superpowers, India and China, disagreed with the complete phase-out of carbon, settling for a “phase down [of] unabated coal”.

The argument, often used by the Chinese government, suggests that countries that have been allowed to develop in the past, such as the US and the UK, should take the lion’s share of responsibility

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