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Shifting UN summit makes sense, but nations vow 'clean resilient recovery'

New Delhi, May 29 (IANS) With Britain announcing new dates the already deferred crucial climate UN talks, known as the COP26, until November 2021 owing to coronavirus pandemic, climate experts on Friday said shifting the date is understandable but the postponement must not be an excuse to delay ambitious climate actions.

The Bureau of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC, to which India is also party, said it is committed to take forward crucial work to tackle climate change under the umbrella of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) despite the COVID-19 crisis.

The COP26 was originally set to take place in Glasgow in November 2020 under the presidency of Britain.

“Pleased to have agreed a new date for COP26 with our Italian partners and the UNFCCC,” COP26 President-Designate and British Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Alok Sharma informed in a tweet on Thursday evening.

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