Conference of the Parties Cop26, the – you guessed it – 26th conference is taking place from 31 October to 12 November after it was delayed by a year due to the – you guessed it again -–coronavirus pandemic, and leaders are discussing ways in which to mitigate against the worst effects of climate change and reduce greenhouse gases.
As day three of the talks swing into action what has happened so far?
Minister unable to attend conference because it was not wheelchair accessible
An Israeli minister who uses a wheelchair was unable to attend the opening day of the conference because of accessibility issues at the conference.
Writing on Twitter, Karine Elharrar said it was “sad” the UN “does not take care of accessibility” and it was reported the delegation has filed an official complaint.
She said: “To COP26 I came to meet with my counterparts around the world and promote a joint fight against the climate crisis. It is sad that the UN, which promotes accessibility for people with disabilities, in 2021, does not take care of accessibility at its events.
“I hope that the lessons required to be learned tomorrow to promote green energies, remove barriers and energy efficiency will be the things I deal with.”
Officials responded with outrage and UK Foreign Office minister James Cleverly said:
I am deeply disappointed and frustrated that Minister @KElharrar could not access COP today.
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