COP26: South African diplomat says climate change conference could 'collapse' over UK quarantine rules for red list countries

COP26: South Africa says climate change conference could 'collapse' over UK quarantine rules for red list countries

9/25/2021 2:52:00 PM

COP26: South Africa says climate change conference could 'collapse' over UK quarantine rules for red list countries

Clayson Monyela, South Africa's head of public diplomacy, told Sky News the country is considering whether or not it will send delegates and negotiators to the Glasgow summit - adding that other nations are 'asking themselves similar questions'.

"But it is unreasonable for South Africa to be on the UK red list, there is no scientific evidence to support this. It makes no sense."Mr Monyela added:"I can't speak for other countries, but I know the questions South Africa is asking, many of the countries on the continent and in South America are asking similar questions.

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"I think that's the issue that the United Nations and the UK need to think about. At the rate things are going, you risk having a 'European COP26' to the exclusion of Africa and South America."How is that then the United Nations conference on climate change? When you have basically banned other countries from participating?"

Track global warming with our live countersMr Monyela also highlighted how"decisions are taken on a consensus basis" at the conference and it therefore presents a very serious issue if other countries choose not attend.He added that South Africa has been"playing a leading role on climate change" and"excluding" them and other countries through quarantine rules could lead to the"collapse of the conference" altogether.

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Let's face it, the UK Government's saner advisers would love to cancel the conference- just in case there are foreigners who haven't heard Boris Johnson humiliate himself on live TV ...