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COP26 latest: US and China agree to strengthen climate cooperation, says Beijing's envoy

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives for the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, Britain, Nov. 10, 2021.
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives for the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, Britain, Nov. 10, 2021. Copyright AP Photo
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Follow our live updates as diplomats negotiate on the first draft decision released this morning and the summit turns its focus to the transport sector.

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The United States and China have pledged to increase cooperation on climate action at COP26, Beijing's envoy said on Wednesday.

Xie Zhenhua told reporters Wednesday that the two biggest carbon polluters would outline their efforts in a joint statement based on the guidelines of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change.

The announcement came as COP26 entered a new phase of negotiations on Wednesday after a first draft of the summit's final decision was circulated early this morning.

Here is what you need to know as Day 10 wraps up:

  • Delegates from almost 200 countries have started reviewing and negotiating the text of the draft decision on Wednesday.

  • The draft calls on countries to strengthen their climate plans by the end of next year, "accelerate the phasing-out of coal and subsidies for fossil fuels." It also urges developed countries to "urgently scale-up" financial support for developing nations.

  • "Not good enough," say environmentalists. A Greenpeace executive compared the draft decision to a "polite request that countries maybe, possibly, do more next year."

  • "We know what needs to be done but we just need the courage to get on and do it," said UK PM Boris Johnson as he spoke from COP26 on Wednesday to urge climate action at the summit.

  • As COP26 marks Transport Day, a group of countries and companies has signed a pledge to switch to emissions-free cars by 2040 and by no later than 2035 in leading auto markets.

  • Saudi Arabia, the world's largest oil producer, has denied accusations that it was working to slow negotiations and water down climate commitments at COP26.

If you weren't able to follow along on Tuesday, here are five takeaways from COP26 Gender Day.

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Additional sources • AP, AFP

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