UN General Assembly will shape outcome of COP26 climate summit

The UN General Assembly Hall is empty before the 76th session General Debate at United Nations Headquarters in New York, on Sept 20, 2021.
The UN General Assembly Hall is empty before the 76th session General Debate at United Nations Headquarters in New York, on Sept 20, 2021.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

SINGAPORE - This week's United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) is shaping up to be crucial for global climate action and will set the tone for UN climate talks in Scotland in less than six weeks.

The COP26 climate summit in Glasgow is billed as the last chance to save the planet from catastrophe. The UN says a deal at the summit needs to enshrine global pledges to keep the world from warming more than 1.5 deg C above pre-industrial levels - beyond which weather disasters become increasingly extreme and sea level rise accelerates.

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