The World Citizens’ Assembly will have a voice at COP26

This story was originally posted by The Guardian and appears here as part of the Climate Office collaboration.

Around 100 people from around the world will participate in a citizens’ assembly to discuss the climate crisis over the next month, before presenting their findings at the UN climate summit COP26.

The World Citizens’ Assembly will be representative of the world’s population and invite people chosen by lot to participate in online discussions that will culminate in November, during the two-week climate talks that will open in Glasgow on October 31.

Funded with nearly $ 1 million from sources such as the Scottish Government and the European Climate Foundation, the assembly is supported by the UN and the UK and led by a coalition of over 100 organizations.

António Guterres, UN Secretary General, said: “Last month I launched Our Common Agenda, a roadmap to start rebuilding our world and rebuilding confidence. The World Citizens Assembly for COP26 is a practical way to show how we can accelerate action through the solidarity and power of the people. People everywhere want bold and ambitious climate action, and now is the time for national leaders to stand up and deliver. “

Citizens’ assemblies have been used in some countries to help decide difficult issues of national importance. For example, they played a key role in Ireland’s decision to change its abortion laws in a referendum.

Over the past two years, citizens’ assemblies in countries like the UK and France have grappled with the climate crisis and demonstrated broad public support for the key actions needed to tackle global warming, including investing in new forms of energy and infrastructure and by changing lifestyles and behavior.

Members of the assembly will be chosen through a lottery and selection process that will ensure that the body composition reflects global demographics: 60 of the 100 people will be from Asia, 17 from Africa, half will be women and 70 will be people earning $ 10 a day or less. They will receive a stipend, technical and communication support, and translation services to ensure they can participate.

A team of international scientists and other experts will explain the details of the climate crisis and potential solutions, and assembly members will discuss how these might work in practice, seeking to answer the question: “How can humanity face the climate and ecological crisis in a fair and efficient manner? Key messages from their discussions will be presented at COP26 and a report will be published in March.

The 100-member group will be representative of the world’s people and present their findings at the United Nations climate conference in Glasgow later this month. #Climate change # COP26

Alok Sharma, the UK Minister who will chair the COP26 summit, said: “The World Assembly is a fantastic initiative and has been selected to be represented in the green zone (of the COP26 presentation room) because we recognize how important his work is and also because we are committed to bringing the voice of the citizens of the world to the heart of COP26. It creates that vital link between a local conversation and a global conference.

At COP26, countries are expected to draw up plans to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the next 10 years to limit global heating to 1.5 ° C above pre-industrial levels, the lowest of the two objectives set in the 2015 Paris climate agreement.

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