Mark Drakeford: Wales 'can only succeed' in tackling climate change with help from other governments

Ahead of the global climate conference COP26 in Glasgow in a few weeks' time, the First Minister told ITV News that "every single one of us has a part to play" in helping to tackle climate change.

Mark Drakeford also said that Wales "can only succeed" in dealing with this issue with the help of other governments.

On a visit to the Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth ahead of COP26, the First Minister said: "Climate change is something that no government can do on its own, it's a genuinely global problem.

The First Minister will be attending the climate change conference in Glasgow.

"When we publish our plan, it has to sit alongside the plans that are being made in other parts of the UK.

"I was able to meet the Prime Minister earlier this week with the First Minister of Scotland and Northern Ireland and I made that point there - we want to play our part to the full in Wales, but our efforts will only succeed if they're matched by the efforts of others.

"This is above and beyond all other issues, something that we can only succeed on if we work on it together."

The COP26 climate conference - what you need to know

What is COP26? When and where will it be?

Each year, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meets at what is called the Conference of the Parties (abbreviated as COP) to discuss the world's progress on climate change and how to tackle it.

COP26 is the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties summit which will be held in Glasgow from 31 October to 12 November.

Who is going?

Leaders of the 197 countries that signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – a treaty that came into force in 1994 - are invited to the summit.

These are some of the world leaders that will be attending COP26:

  • US President Joe Biden, climate envoy John Kerry, climate adviser and former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, and 10 other US cabinet officials.

  • Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison. In the days leading up to COP26, Mr Morrison committed Australia to a target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Prince Charles, Prince William, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge are also attending. The Queen has withdrawn from visiting after being advised by her doctors to rest - she will address the conference virtually instead.

China's President Xi Jinping, Russia's President Vladimir Putin, and President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil are among the leaders that have decided not to travel to Glasgow.

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What is it hoping to achieve?

1. Achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and limiting global warming to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels - Countries are being encouraged to set ambitious 2030 emissions targets. They are also encouraged to accelerate the phase-out of coal, clamp down on deforestation, speed up the switch to electric vehicles and encourage investment in renewables.

2. Protect natural habitats and communities from climate change disasters

3. Finances for a greener future - In 2009, developed countries were asked to keep to their promises to contribute at least $100 billion (£72.5 billion) per year by 2020 to protect the planet. In 2015, it was agreed that the goal would be extended to 2025.

However, new analysis shows the goal is unlikely to have been met last year and is on track to fall short in 2021 and 2022.

4. Getting all countries and organisations to work together to tackle the climate crisis

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The First Minister continued: "Wales will publish next week our plan for Net Zero by 2050. It'll be an ambitious plan, we'll only be able to do it if everybody is committed to that journey.

"So part of what the conference is about is about committing people to the difficult decisions that will have to be made and then communicating that to everyone who lives here in Wales, that every single one of us has a part to play."