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Britain and other small island states call out big polluters

Posted On: 24 Oct 2021   |   Posted By: Politico

At a behind-closed-doors meeting at the U.N. on Monday, leaders from small island states excoriated some of the world's biggest countries, China, India, Russia and the U.S., with blunt lectures about global climate credibility.
It was hardly lost on the small countries that, just weeks ahead of the major COP26 climate conference in Glasgow in November, they were left to direct their disdain at lower level envoys or ministers because leaders who had been invited to the session didn't bother to show.
Marshall Islands President David Kabua said his country had been the first to raise its climate goal under the Paris Agreement, according to officials in the room who quickly divulged details about the supposedly confidential meeting. “How can it not be clear to us all that it is time for major emitters to show the same leadership?” Kabua said.
“We talk and we talk about ambition... and things remain the same. It is absurd. Gladly this is not a public meeting because it would be weird to talk like this in a public...

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