Time to Meet in Person

With the annual intersessional UN climate talk taking place online, and mired with technical difficulties, delegates are eager to get back to in person meetings. However, in three weeks of virtual discussions, little headway was made leaving all decision making to the COP26 in Glasgow.

Virtual difficulties

The general consensus leading to the virtual talks was that some form of meeting was necessary to make headway in light of COP26 and the absence of meetings throughout 2020. Eventhough the UNFCCC reiterated that “effective participation and engagement of observers will be enabled in the same manner as during in-person meetings”, the talks were hindered throughout by technical difficulties related to different time zones, speakers not unmuting their microphones, lost internet connections or interruptions by family members.

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