Marape cancels trip for climate change meet

James Marape

PRIME Minister James Marape has cancelled his trip to the Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland as he tries to deal with the current surge in Coronavirus (Covid-19) cases around the country.
Minister for Climate Change and Conservation Wera Mori will represent him at the conference, which will be attended by world leaders such as United States President Joe Biden and China’s President Xi Zinping.
Marape said the surge in Covid-19 cases “requires my leadership”.
Mori will deliver a statement highlighting challenges faced by Papua New Guinea as regards climate change.
He will also attend the Leaders’ Summit and other scheduled meetings.
“I have every confidence in (Mori’s) leadership on progressing Papua New Guinea’s position, interest and support to the global community to ramp up ambitions and endorse the Paris Rulebook to meet emission reduction
targets to save our planet,” Marape said.
Mori and a government delegation are expected to arrive in Glasgow this week.
The COP26 is an annual UN climate change conference attended by the countries which had signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change which came into force in 1994.