Global South observers ‘blocked from COP26 negotiations’

Harjeet Singh, senior advisor at Climate Action Network International, and Catherine Abreu, founder and executive director at non-profit Destination Zero, at COP26 on Wednesday, 3 November.


  • Vaccine, visa complications, COVID restrictions hindering COP26 participation
  • Global South observers, civil society groups ‘don’t have seat in negotiations’
  • Urgent action needed to address participation gap, say advocates


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A participation revolution is needed to stop the “outrageous” exclusion of civil society and the global South from major international talks, development advocates have said amid accusations that COP26 is the least inclusive climate summit in a decade.


They believe the UN summit’s organisers have legal obligations to ensure that the people who are most impacted by climate change can contribute to negotiations and working groups.




Sébastien Duyck, senior attorney, Center for International Environmental Law

Duyck said with at least six simultaneous negotiations happening at a time, that meant global South and civil society were absent from some processes.

“我们看到最包容的一个骗局的开始ference of parties since over a decade,” Duyck said. “COVID-related restrictions cannot justify the fact that an entire network of environmental and development organisations will be allowed to send four delegates in the negotiating area.”

One of the only civil society actions so far permitted in the Blue Zone – the restricted area at COP26 – was called off on Wednesday, as security struggled to control the number of reporters and supporters who gathered to see indigenous communities protest an event on carbon markets.

Press swarm the Nature pavilion, in the restricted Blue Zone at COP26, ahead of an expected protest by Indigenous peoples.

Duyck呼吁联合国框架公约Climate Change Secretariat and the UK as hosts to take immediate action to ensure that the voices of communities living with the impacts of climate change are “effectively and meaningfully heard in negotiating rooms”.



The COP26 organising team on Tuesday apologised for major delays for delegates entering the venue, and technical issues which had made accessing the digital platform, where events are being streamed, difficult.

总部位于英国的慈善机构Oxfam GB首席执行官Danny Sriskandarajah告诉SciDev.Netthat participation was vital at the summit because the people who had contributed “almost nothing” to the climate crisis were living with the disastrous impacts.





来自全球北方的几位代表告诉SciDev.Netthat their colleagues from the global South had visa applications denied or delayed, causing them to miss speaking engagements.

多哥的萨赫勒运动法案执行董事Kaossara Sani说,她是“在气候辩论和谈判中失踪的声音”,并质疑为什么排除受气候变化影响最大的人。


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