Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Tuesday, 2 November 2021

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence

COP26 and its Potential Impact on the Developing World: Discussion

Photo of Gary GannonGary Gannon (Dublin Central, Social Democrats)
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I thank the witnesses. It was fascinating to listen to the presentations of the witnesses. I have one question about the expectation of state actors going to COP26.

Do we get any sense that states are going there to act as global citizens or are we still in the mould of 20th century diplomacy whereby individual countries are representing their own interests? Is more of a global approach being taken? I heard the announcement today regarding deforestation and countries that had previously not signed up to preventing deforestation are now doing so. Is that something we are hopeful about or is lip service being paid? Is global citizenship happening at COP26 or it is a return to 20th century diplomacy?