2020 will be an opportunity for Scotland to put itself on the global map, Jackson Carlaw will say today, as he uses the election campaign to highlight the arrival of next year’s massive COP26 summit.
Marking St Andrew’s Day, Mr Carlaw focussed on the UN Climate Change Conference next year, which will be held in Glasgow for the first time.
It follows the successful bid by the UK Conservative Government to host the summit in Britain, and stage it in Scotland.
As many as 30,000 delegates are expected to attend the two week event. It has already been billed as the most important climate change conference since the COP event was held in Paris in 2015.
At a tree-planting ceremony in Newton Mearns today, Mr Carlaw will argue that the event demonstrates how the UK intends to remain an “open and active player in the fight to protect our planet.”
“As we celebrate St Andrew’s Day today, it’s apt to look forward to what promises to be a great year ahead for Scotland.”
“Most of all, we are looking forward to bringing the world to Glasgow, as it prepares to host COP26, the biggest summit the UK has ever staged. As many as 30,000 delegates will come to the city for what is likely to be a vital staging post in global efforts to deal with climate change.”
“2020 can be our chance to show worldwide leadership on the vital issue of climate change, and to show that the UK remains an open and active player in the fight to protect our planet.”
Details on the bid can be found here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-49650909