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Thursday, September 16 2021 - 07:00
Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan and other members of the Scotia Group declare "diplomatic emergency" and call on COP 26 summit to deliver rapid, permanent emissions reductions to avoid a "climate tragedy"
LONDON, Sept. 16, 2021 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

The Scotia Group made up of current and former diplomats, judges, lawyers, 
mediators, policy experts, academics, politicians, businesspeople, and 
community leaders today published an open letter to UN Secretary-General 
António Guterres declaring a "diplomatic emergency alongside the climate 

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Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, the Patron of the Scotia Group, said:

"If COP 26 cannot deliver rapid, permanent emissions reductions and the ability 
of citizens to enforce the promises their governments make, Scotia Group 
members question the purpose of further climate COPs."

Howard Covington, the Chair of the Scotia Group Inception Commission, added:

"This is a rapidly gathering international crisis. Promises for action in the 
distant future are not a sufficient response. We may already need the 
continuous emergency diplomacy that is used in times of such crisis."

The Scotia Group is proposing four ways COP 26 can bring real urgency into 
addressing the climate crisis: 

    -- China and the US should seize this opportunity to act together for the 
       good of humanity and agree to both a phased programme to close their 
       existing coal-fired power plants, or to retrofit them with carbon 
       capture technology, and a ban on the financing and construction of new 
       coal plants.
    -- There is an urgent need for an energy transition diplomacy 
       framework. Saudi Arabia should lead OPEC in halting new investment in 
       additional oil production, a policy the US should support. 
    -- Governments should both commit to facilitating a global $1 trillion 
       energy transition fund to accelerate progress in cleantech investments 
       and deliver on the $100 billion a year already promised by richer 
       countries to poorer countries. 
    -- An efficient and robust mechanism should be established to hold 
       nations, institutions, companies, and communities accountable through 
       domestic courts for the environmental pledges they have made.   

Notes to Editors
1. Howard Covington is also Chair of the Alan Turing Institute and of 
ClientEarth. A full list of Scotia Group members can be found here 
( ). 
2. The Scotia Group Statement of Urgency can be found here 
( ). 
3. The Scotia Group has hosted virtual 'Climate Majlis' dialogue sessions 
exploring a range of subjects relating to climate action and the rule of law 
with leading global institutions including, Harvard University, Oxford 
University and the International Bar Association. Further information can be 
found here ( ).

SOURCE  The Scotia Group