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Under2 Coalition members sign Net Zero pledge.

Devolved governments, regions and cities from across the globe sent a strong message to world leaders yesterday, by committing to achieve Net Zero by 2050.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told the General Assembly of the Under2 Coalition that by signing up to the pledge in a new memorandum of understanding, they are signalling the level of ambition required of COP26 to keep global warming to 1.5°C.  The coalition, which has 260 members, represents 1.75 billion people and 50% of the global economy.

– First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

Everyone knows what is required for this summit to be a success. COP26 must secure the commitments that will limit global warming to 1.5°C or, at the very least, the near term commitments that will keep that objective alive. It must also deliver a fair financial settlement for developing countries, one which takes account of the loss and damage caused by climate change.

There’s no doubt that over the past week we have seen progress. But it’s also clear that we’ve not yet seen enough.

Over the coming days, world leaders – and the biggest emitters and potential funders especially – must step up. That is essential. But governments like ours must continue to play our part because, while none of us are at the negotiating table, our influence and our example will be crucial in building the momentum. That’s why we are placing so much value on our coalition’s revised memorandum of understanding.

As we move further into this decisive decade, our coalition must be ready for the challenges ahead. As European co-chair, that will be my focus. Scotland is determined to play its part in ensuring the long-term strength of this coalition because we recognise its enormous value and its potential to achieve even more.

The 2021 Under2 Coalition Memorandum of Understanding was signed by delegates at Sunday’s General Assembly at Strathclyde University. The Coalition was formed six years ago by sub-national administrations to deliver the aims of the Paris Agreement.

– Graeme

The First Minister’s hard work over COP26 highlights Scotland’s determination to deliver concrete action on climate change. It also demonstrates the level of ambition required globally to meet our targets, and limit global warming to 1.5°C. The Scottish Government is working hard to meet those targets – including with our £500 million Just Transition Fund for the North East and Moray.