GLASGOW / COP26 SMALL ISLAND STATES

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As talks kick off in the second week of COP26, the plight of those nations on the front line of the climate crisis came into focus on Adaptation, Loss and Damage Day. UNIFEED

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STORY: GLASGOW / COP26 SMALL ISLAND STATES
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DATELINE: 8 NOVEMBER 2021, GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM

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1.Wide shot, exterior, COP26 Blue Zone entrance
2.Wide shot, Meeting Room Blue Zone
3.SOUNDBITE (English) Barack Obama, former US President: “I am an island kid. And while I was President, I was proud of the work we did, to work with island nations who were most vulnerable to changing climate, even though they did far, far less if anything than the larger nations in actually causing the climate crisis. And I remember in Paris, we had a meeting of a group of island leaders to hear directly from them to hear about how climate change was already having an impact. And the effect of that meeting was outsized, it had a huge impact in part because these leaders were able to communicate in very concrete, human terms, what so often is a bunch of abstract numbers. People were being affected in very specific, and immediate ways. And tragic ways.”
4.Wide shot, US Special Envoy for Climate John Kerry arriving
5.Wide shot, Obama speaks at a High Ambition Coalition event
6.Side shot, attendees listening at HAC event
7.Med shot, Kerry and Obama and Andrea Meza Murillo, Minister of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica, photo op
8.Med shot, Obama leaving event venue
9.Wide shot, speakers arriving
10.SOUNDBITE (English) Milagros de Campos, AOSIS Representative and Deputy Minister of International Cooperation of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Dominican Republic:
“We’re hearing all the right words outside the negotiating room by the world leaders, however inside, the tactic still seems to be delay and denial that this is an emergency. So onlookers are ready to write this process off as an exercise in public relations and greenwashing which is very worrying for Small Island Developing States.”
11.Wide shot, speakers at the podium
12.SOUNDBITE (English) Milagros de Campos, AOSIS Representative and Deputy Minister of International Cooperation of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Dominican Republic:
“In terms of finance, the finance trends are very worrying to AOSIS, because climate finance to SIDS has dropped by 600 million dollars from 2018 to 2019, and not meeting the USD 100 billion goal year after year is unacceptable. AOSIS expects the new climate finance goal to cover mitigation, adaptation, and loss and damages at a minimum.”
13.Various shots, speakers and journalists leaving press conference room


STORYLINE:

As talks kick off in the second week of COP26, the plight of those nations on the front line of the climate crisis came into focus on Adaptation, Loss and Damage Day.

Former President of the United States Barack Obama supported the call for more resources for those poorer nations to adapt, saying he was “shaped” by his experience growing up on Hawaii as an “island kid”. He recalled that the stories of island leaders at the 2015 Paris climate talks had been crucial to the critical goal of the resulting Paris Agreement, which commits countries to limiting the rise in the average global temperature to 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels.

Speaking at a press conference for the Alliance of Small Island States, Milagros de Campos, AOSIS member and Deputy Minister of International Cooperation of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Dominican Republic, noted that “delay and denial” tactics on the part of leaders at the Glasgow summit were influencing onlookers to write off COP26 as an exercise in “public relations and greenwashing”, an echo of last week’s criticism of the summit by climate activist Greta Thunberg. She urged the negotiations and outcomes around the new climate finance goal to cover mitigation, adaptation, and loss and damages “at a minimum.”
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