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War shouldn’t deter climate goals: Climate envoy

DAVOS, SWITZERLAND (AP) – United States (US) climate envoy John Kerry said at the World Economic Forum’s annual gathering in Davos that Russia’s war in Ukraine shouldn’t deter climate goals.

Speaking at a news conference yesterday about speeding up the road to “net zero”, Kerry said “we should not allow a false narrative to be created” that the war “somehow obviates the need to move forward and address the climate crisis”.

He said it’s possible to both meet the need of increased energy from fossil fuels in the short term, particularly in Europe, and stay on course to reduce emissions over the coming years.

Meanwhile, the head of the United Nations (UN) Framework Convention on Climate Change said the next climate change summit in Egypt in November will be a “pivotal moment” for the planet.

Patricia Espinosa Cantellano said negotiations are over and implementation is starting as an investment in “a better future for all”.

She said governments now need to assess how they can attract the right investments for energy transition.

Meanwhile, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said he believes Sweden and Finland will succeed in joining NATO despite Turkey’s objections to their membership.

In an address yesterday to the forum, Sánchez said that “the political will of the allies is to welcome these two countries”.

He said Spain will “accelerate all the parliamentary processes” to the two Nordic nations important for NATO and European Union stability.

United States envoy for climate John F Kerry. PHOTO: AP