French Ambassador Aurélien Lechevallier is calling for a repeat of the international stamina that brought about the Paris Climate Change Agreement five years ago.
The envoy was speaking at a reception marking the event and calling for a renewed international commitment to save the planet.
“The next year is going to be very important,” he said, “because we will have to determine the next steps we must take to end the climate disruption.
“Last month was the hottest November in Europe ever.
“We are experiencing dramatic climatic events like fires, floods and hurricanes.
“We require collective effort to save the planet.
“We achieved this in Paris five years ago with 195 countries in the same room.
South Africa played a decisive role coordinating the African position,” said Lechevallier.
“We saw a new way of negotiating multilaterally with all the stakeholders joining the government representatives.
“We are hoping this spirit will be carried to the climate summit in Glasgow next year so the expectations of the planet can be met.”
British High Commissioner Nigel Casey said the light at the end of the tunnel of the COVID pandemic was seen this week with the first vaccines being administered in Britain.
The Glasgow climate summit is being designed to bring similar relief on financing, mitigating and adaptation on global warming
A virtual summit on Saturday, the fifth anniversary of the Paris agreement, will see the leader of 81 countries improve on their pledges to fight climate change.
The leaders of Kenya, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo are due to participate from Africa.
“Britain’s original undertaking was to achieve zero greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2050,” he said.
“We are now undertaking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 68% by the year 2030.
“We are hoping that similar bold initiatives will be made by other participants in next years Glasgow summit.