At a time the world is looking to recover from the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the lives, livelihoods and economies, governments are exploring the chance to build back better with a focus on low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development.
Hosted by the UK in partnership with Italy, the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow will bring state parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). COP 26 will be held from 31 October to 12 November 2021.
The Paris Agreement (2015) was a historic moment when the world was brought face to face with the growing climate crisis. It paved way for discussions and deliberations on reducing carbon emissions, limiting global warming and creating a sustainable future for all life on the planet. The COP26 will see representation from nearly 200 countries at Glasgow, which would be a platform for making decisions on five key points:
- Finalise Paris Agreement Rulebook for implementation
- Rights-based solutions to achieve net-zero targets by 2050
- USD 100 billion per year climate finance to developing countries
- Corporate accountability for negative impacts
- Integrate nature-based solutions in the Rulebook.
Leading the world towards tackling and adapting to climate change, the Jesuit network has swung into action. The Jesuit Conference of India/South Asia (JCI/JCSA) will join the Ecojesuit network, which is hosting multiple events with the support of its partners at COP26. While change affects everyone, it is the poorest and the marginalised who end up bearing the most. Guided by the Ignatian spirituality, call of the Pope Francis’s encyclicals Fratelli Tutti and Laudato Si for solidarity and integral ecology, and the Universal Apostolic Preferences (UAPs), JCI/JCSA and its network of collaborators are actively engaged in this process that seeks to heal our common home. Through the participation in the COP26 and the efforts beyond it, the Jesuit collective commits itself to:
- Change consistent with the 2015 Paris Agreement
- Collaborate to enable full participation of developing countries
- Listen, share and collaborate for action
- Promote contribution of indigenous people in nature-based solutions
- Encourage others to accompany and act in solidarity.
The collective recognises that rising to the climate challenge requires working together. It has called upon all governments and people to act now and share actions and collaborate by engaging with Ecojesuit initiatives globally at https://cop26.ecojesuit.com