Local MSP for the Linlithgow Constituency, Fiona Hyslop, urged the Scottish Government, during First Ministers Questions in the Scottish Parliament on 11th November, to continue the discussions and networking established by the Glasgow Climate Dialogues as COP26 has now come to a close.
Fiona asked the Scottish Government if they will use their role as the co-Chair of the Under2 coalition to promote a similar dialogue among members of the coalition and raise important issues such as ‘loss and damage’.
The Deputy First Minister responded to Fiona’s question stating the Scottish Government’s intention to continue to engage with the Coalition after COP and highlighted the Coalition’s commitment to Net Zero by 2050 and the importance of a Just Transition.
“I am pleased to have raised this issue in Parliament and welcome the announcement of a Scottish £2 million ‘loss and damage fund’. The fund may be small in amount, however, this is a significant announcement and positive step in terms of leadership on this issue.
“I was glad to hear from the Deputy First Minister that the Under2 Coalition launched a new Memorandum of Understanding at the General Assembly during COP26 which commits the Coalition to Net Zero by 2050 and was signed by the First Minister and 27 other Governments.
“The Deputy First Minister also confirmed the Scottish Governments commitment to promoting values of justice and inclusivity and their hope to ensure a lasting legacy for COP26 by building a Just Transition Alliance with members of the Under2 Coalition.
“I welcome this commitment from the Deputy First Minister as a global commitment to a Just Transition remains crucial in the fight to keep 1.5 alive.”