FIRST Minister Nicola Sturgeon called on world leaders to take “credible actions” to achieve net zero in a speech ahead of the COP26 UN climate change conference.

She said that keeping the prospect of limiting global warning to less than 1.5C alive cannot simply be a “face-saving slogan” but must be real.

In a keynote speech to an audience of young people and students in Glasgow, she called on international leaders to act to limit global temperature increases and deliver a fair financial package for the global south. The speech was livestreamed here from 9.55am.

More than 120 world leaders are set to attend the COP26 summit, which takes place at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in Glasgow from October 31 to November 12.

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The First Minister said that Scotland is in a unique position to make the event a success and will act as a “bridge”, creating spaces and dialogues and promoting understanding.

Sturgeon said that Scotland will do what it can to contribute to a successful outcome at the Glasgow summit.

She added: “Scotland is in a unique position to help make Cop a success.

“And one of the ways in which we will do that, over the next three weeks, is by acting as a bridge.

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“We will use our position, as the venue for Cop, to create spaces and dialogues which encourage empathy, promote understanding and help people share perspectives.

“We will encourage national governments to match the ambition of cities, regions and state governments.

“We will help those around the negotiating table to hear from activists in the developed world and from the global South.”