Nicola Sturgeon: Glasgow ‘rose to the occasion’ for COP26
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Speaking to Capital Radio Scotland Ms Sturgeon praised the efforts of Glasgow as she claimed countries who perhaps were previously not aware of what Scotland has to offer have now seen the potential the country has. But the First Minister appeared to stop short of praising the United Kingdom’s effort in hosting the event.
Ms Sturgeon said: “I couldn’t be prouder of Glasgow it is my home city!
“I know there was disruption, an event the size of COP was always going to bring difficulties and disruption.
“And I understand that will have been tricky at times over the past two weeks.”
But Ms Sturgeon went on to say how the city “rose to the occasion as I always knew it would.”
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The nationalist then went on to say how she was ”inundated” with praise for Scotland during the summit.
She said: “I was inundated over the whole two weeks by people from other countries telling me how wonderful the city of Glasgow is…
“How friendly the people are and what a great time they have had.”
But Ms Sturgeon appeared to turn the issue political as she pondered the “legacy” and impact the conference will have on Scotland and its future.
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The First Minister said: “I think there will be a really positive legacy for Glasgow and for Scotland.
“There are people now right around the world who know what a great country Scotland is and how much we have got to offer.”
But in a nod to an independent Scotland Ms Sturgeon said visitors “perhaps did not know that before” COP26 as she laid out her argument for the potential Scotland holds.
Despite her praise for the climate summit and Scotland’s role in it, Ms Sturgeon failed to mention the role of the United Kingdom in putting on the event.
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The SNP leader added: “My thanks go to all the people of Glasgow for being as magnificent as they have been”.
Her comments come as 197 countries have agreed to “phase down” but not “phase out” global coal use.
The agreement followed an eleventh hour decision on Saturday which finally saw countries agree on action to save the planet.
Ms Sturgeon aknowledged while there are “disappointments” in the deal there are “many positives” and that the Glasgow climate pact has not delivered “everything that it might have done”.
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