COP26, a major climate summit due to take place in Glasgow from 9 November 2020, has been postponed.
The postponement was announced in a joint statement from the UK and the United Nations, following a virtual meeting of officials.
The announcement comes after it was revealed that the Scottish Event Campus, where COP26 was to have taken place, will become a temporary hospital in order to take care of Covid-19 patients.
The decision to postpone COP26 was taken by UN officials, including UN climate chief Patricia Espinosa and UK Business Secretary Alok Sharma, who is President-Designate of the meeting.
Sharma said in a statement: “The world is currently facing an unprecedented global challenge and countries are rightly focusing their efforts on saving lives and fighting Covid-19.
“That is why we have decided to reschedule COP26.
“We will continue working tirelessly with our partners to deliver the ambition needed to tackle the climate crisis and I look forward to agreeing a new date for the conference.” The organisers are reportedly looking at a possible mid-2021 date for the rescheduled conference.