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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at an Action on Forests and Land Use event on Tuesday following the leaders’ statement on deforestation © Getty Images

The first day of COP26 in Glasgow brought a late wave of national and forestry commitments, and the second day promises further statements on a variety of topics, including a global methane deal.

National leaders: On the second day of the World Leaders’ Summit, the remaining half of the heads of state will deliver their speeches and commitments on global warming. Japan’s Kishida will be the last of the G7 leaders to appear before the plenary, arriving in Glasgow shortly after sealing his election victory over the weekend.

In the afternoon, Panamanian President Laurentino Cortizo will sign a ‘negative carbon declaration’ which “unites Panama, Bhutan and Suriname as the only carbon negative countries in the world”.

Boris and Biden and B3W British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will participate in a panel discussion hosted by President Biden on the US administration’s Build Back Better World initiative known as the B3W initiative to support green infrastructure in developing countries launched during of the G7.

Methane: US President Joe Biden appeared empty-handed on the first day of the COP, but overnight the US administration pushed through new methane rules that spark a global push to limit the release of the powerful greenhouse gas Greenhouse. Limiting methane emissions undoubtedly offers the best opportunity to limit short-term global warming, in particular by preventing leaks from flares and gas distribution.

Trees: More than 100 world leaders and 30 financial institutions are expected to give details on how they will deliver on their commitment to end deforestation by 2030 and eliminate it from wallets by 2025, respectively.

The overnight release of the statement sets the stage for a flood of corporate and country briefings throughout the day to promote engagement.

The water So-called leaders of the Water and Climate Coalition to announce they ‘commit to an integrated global water and climate agenda’ at event hosted by the Meteorological Organization World Cup with COP26 President Alok Sharma.


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