COP26 and Nepal’s climate commitments

On November 8, People’s Climate Mobilization—a group of 20 organisations—staged demonstrations on climate justice at Basantapur in Kathmandu.

Around 80 demonstrators participated with placards that read “Climate Justice Now!” with slogans describing the urgency of the situation and art exhibits to highlight climate change issues.

“We demonstrated to show solidarity with those marching at COP26 with the agenda of climate justice,” said Dristy Shrestha, 29, research officer at Digo Bikas Institute.

The demonstration was organised amid the 26th Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Glasgow, Scotland.

Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba represented Nepal in the climate conference attended by world leaders.

The climate summit, billed as “last, best hope” that opened on October 31 over the past few days has seen divided opinions on how much progress has been made. Meanwhile, heads of state and industry honchos have made new promises.

Climate and energy experts in Nepal have applauded Nepal’s commitments to climate justice presented at COP26. However, they are concerned that the commitments will not be realised due to insincerity in implementation, and a lack of strategic planning in developing the necessary infrastructures.