Logistical Nightmares Hamper COP26 Negotiations
"That's nonsensical for developing countries," a representative from a South American nation told Insider. "Right now, I'm going around in circles trying to find a place for us to stay tonight — I shouldn't be doing this, I should be concentrating on the negotiations."
Another delegate from a Central Asian country said her team has had to travel 25 miles just to get to the conference each morning before waiting in line for hours before entering. The lines are a problem. Even official delegates are being made to wait in lines, forcing them to miss important negotiation meetings.
Concerns over access inequity have loomed over COP26 for months, typified by global COVID-19 vaccine distribution disparities, but the gulf between the approximately 30,000 credentialed people in Glasgow and the 10,000-person limit on those who can enter the conference center is compounding inequities.
Leonardo DiCaprio was reportedly able to get in yesterday, however, while dozens of official delegates were barred from the rollout of the Global Methane Pledge. These compounding and overlapping (literal) barriers have created "an exclusionary, racist, ableist, classist environment," youth activist Alexandria Villaseñor said. The UN has apologized, but day three sees little change so far.
By now, you've probably heard about the lines, access and representation issues at #COP26. But it's been a really awkward, strange day, so I want to lay everything out here, because if you've wondered if #COP26 is okay, I'm gonna show you that no, #COP26 is really not okay/1— Alexandria Villase\u00f1or is at COP26! (@Alexandria Villase\u00f1or is at COP26!) 1635902331
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