Speech by President von der Leyen at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow

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Dear President, fellow leaders,

I know all of us in this room want to be on the right side of history. 

This is why I call on all of us 

to do what is necessary 

for keeping the limit of 1,5° C warming within reach. 

This is our opportunity to write history

More than that, it is our duty.

Europe will spare no effort to become the first climate neutral continent

But at this COP, 

we all must speed up our race to net zero

First, we have to give strong commitments to reduce emissions by 2030; 

Net zero by 2050 is good, but not enough. 

We need real action during this decade.

Second, 

we need to agree on a robust framework of rules

for example to make global carbon markets a reality. 

And point number 3: 

we must mobilize climate finance

for supporting vulnerable countries 

to adapt and leapfrog to clean growth. 

The EU will fully contribute 

to achieve our global goals on adaptation.

With close to 27 billion dollar in 2020, 

Team Europe is already the largest provider of climate finance.

Almost half of our finance is for adaptation or for both adaptation and mitigation

We have pledged an additional 5 billion dollars up to 2027 from the EU budget

And we will double our funding for biodiversity, 

especially in vulnerable countries.  

Fellow leaders, 

ladies and gentlemen, 

the eyes of the world are on us. 

This Glasgow COP is a moment of truth for the global community

We must make it a success. 

We owe this to our children!

Dear President, fellow leaders,

I know all of us in this room want to be on the right side of history. 

This is why I call on all of us 

to do what is necessary 

for keeping the limit of 1,5° C warming within reach. 

This is our opportunity to write history

More than that, it is our duty.

Europe will spare no effort to become the first climate neutral continent

But at this COP, 

we all must speed up our race to net zero

First, we have to give strong commitments to reduce emissions by 2030; 

Net zero by 2050 is good, but not enough. 

We need real action during this decade.

Second, 

we need to agree on a robust framework of rules

for example to make global carbon markets a reality. 

And point number 3: 

we must mobilize climate finance

for supporting vulnerable countries 

to adapt and leapfrog to clean growth. 

The EU will fully contribute 

to achieve our global goals on adaptation.

With close to 27 billion dollar in 2020, 

Team Europe is already the largest provider of climate finance.

Almost half of our finance is for adaptation or for both adaptation and mitigation

We have pledged an additional 5 billion dollars up to 2027 from the EU budget

And we will double our funding for biodiversity, 

especially in vulnerable countries.  

Fellow leaders, 

ladies and gentlemen, 

the eyes of the world are on us. 

This Glasgow COP is a moment of truth for the global community

We must make it a success. 

We owe this to our children!

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