Some of the world’s poorest countries have asked for help to meet vaccination and quarantine requirements to ensure they can take part in next month’s global climate conference in Glasgow.
Some 20 low-income countries such as Ethiopia, Haiti and Bangladesh are on the UK’s red list, which means their delegates will have to quarantine in a hotel for up to 10 days before attending the COP 26 talks, which run from October 31 to November 12.
Britain has said it will pay the quarantine costs of delegates from red list countries, and has cut the time to five days from 10 for those who are vaccinated.
The talks aim to spur bigger commitments to start reducing manmade greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, and stave off the worst effects of climate change.
“Delegates from the LDC Group remain concerned about the logistics of getting to Glasgow,” Sonam Phuntsho Wangdi of Bhutan, chair of the group of the 46 Least Developed Countries (LDC), said in a statement.
“Our countries and our people are among the worst affected by climate change – we must not be excluded from talks deciding how the world will deal with this crisis, determining the fate of our lives and livelihoods.”
It has also said it is distributing Covid vaccines to delegates struggling to get them.