Results 161–180 of 4728 for speaker:Roseanna Cunningham

Scottish Parliament: Cleaner Air for Scotland Strategy (11 Mar 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: An independent review of the cleaner air for Scotland strategy has been completed and has identified priorities for additional action. A new strategy that takes into account the review findings is now being produced and will be subject to consultation.

Scottish Parliament: Cleaner Air for Scotland Strategy (11 Mar 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: For a very small number of streets in Scotland there continue to be issues. That is why we have introduced low-emission zones in Scotland and why work is being done to ensure that the zones work well and deliver what everybody wants to see with regard to air quality. Once low-emission zones are in place in the largest cities, we will move on to local authority areas with air quality...

Scottish Parliament: Gareloch (Discharge of Radioactive Waste) (11 Mar 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: The member will be aware that matters of defence are reserved to the United Kingdom Government. The Scottish Government is firmly opposed to the possession, threat and use of nuclear weapons. They are morally, strategically and economically wrong, as well as being indiscriminate and devastating in their impacts. For as long as the UK Government continues to base its weapons in Scotland, our...

Scottish Parliament: Gareloch (Discharge of Radioactive Waste) (11 Mar 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: The consultation is open now and until 13 March. I encourage everybody who is interested in the matter to make a submission to the consultation. Following a vote for independence, we would obviously make an early agreement to remove all of that from Scotland. I appreciate that Ross Greer would agree with that, but others who are concerned about the issue might ponder the future and the...

Scottish Parliament: Climate Change Risk Assessments (11 Mar 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: Climate change risks, including severe weather, flooding and wildfire, are included in the Scottish risk assessment process, which informs communities and responders about how to prepare for and mitigate such events. The Scottish Government’s climate change adaptation programme follows an outcomes-based approach that is aligned to the national performance framework. That ensures that...

Scottish Parliament: Climate Change Risk Assessments (11 Mar 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: All those risks are assessed. With regard to our assessment, I do not know that a specific risk has been attached to schools and hospitals as opposed to the public sector as a whole. I am happy to look at whether the programme drills down to something as specific as that. There are significant concerns about our infrastructure across the board, and they are not just to do with temperature....

Scottish Parliament: Cop26 (10 Mar 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: The 26th conference of the parties will be a critical moment in the global fight against climate change. Tackling the climate crisis and setting the world on course to net zero emissions within a generation will require a truly international response. The United Kingdom Government’s themes for engaging at COP26 are adaptation and resilience, nature, energy transition, clean road transport...

Scottish Parliament: Cop26 (10 Mar 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: Of course working together is what will make COP26 a success, and that is what we are endeavouring to do. I did not use the word “dispute”; I would use the word “conversation”, and a conversation is taking place about the future use of the Glasgow Science Centre. I hope and expect that the Scottish Government will be able to secure an alternative venue from whatever source one becomes...

Scottish Parliament: Cop26 (10 Mar 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: I thank Claudia Beamish for her questions and for her enduring commitment to those issues, which means that I could have anticipated that she would—quite rightly—go into that area. We are looking at all the just transition commission’s interim recommendations and we will return to advise Parliament of our timetable for their implementation or otherwise. The climate justice funding issue...

Scottish Parliament: Cop26 (10 Mar 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: As the member will be aware, that does not lie entirely in my portfolio, but there have been serious discussions in respect of Police Scotland. As I understand it, some of the policing support will be brought in under existing agreements. Police from other parts of the UK will be brought in to reinforce and support what is happening. Our view has always been that the decision to hold the COP...

Scottish Parliament: Cop26 (10 Mar 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: We will continue to talk to the UK Government about the necessity of providing assistance to ensure that people can come to COP26, if that is what is required. I will of course continue that conversation. On oil and gas and other fossil fuel companies, we recognise that that sector has an important role to play in supporting the transition to a net zero emissions economy. It is important that...

Scottish Parliament: Cop26 (10 Mar 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: As has been indicated, we recognise the important contribution of those NGOs in tackling the global climate emergency and meeting sustainable development goals. In recognition of that, we have been meeting our stakeholders and international NGOs regularly to co-ordinate activities for a successful and impactful COP26. We look forward to continuing to do that work until COP26 in November and...

Scottish Parliament: Cop26 (10 Mar 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: I whole-heartedly agree with the second part of that question. My answer to the first part is “soon”.

Scottish Parliament: Cop26 (10 Mar 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: Our intention is to host a programme of events for people and community groups around the summit to ensure that Scotland as a whole can show its support for climate action, and to showcase aspects of mitigation and adaptation that Scotland is very ambitious about. When we entered into our agreement, the Glasgow Science Centre had received no other requests for exclusive hire of the venue...

Scottish Parliament: Cop26 (10 Mar 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: Has Finlay Carson met my colleague Fergus Ewing? He will absolutely be ensuring that the rural economy can benefit very much from the changes. I would not want to step into the agriculture conversation in case I inadvertently said something that my colleague was not happy with. I am sure that I would not do so, but I want to be on the careful side. However, I respectfully point out to Finlay...

Scottish Parliament: Cop26 (10 Mar 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: On the first question, we are having serious conversations about COP26 and what might and might not be appropriate to go on right across the board. I know that a number of local councils are very keen to showcase their work, as one would imagine the public sector more widely is. I recently met Orkney Islands Council to discuss that and the conversation is on-going. On the second question,...

Scottish Parliament: Cop26 (10 Mar 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: As the member will expect me to say, a considerable amount of work is being done on the logistics that will require to be put in place to manage COP26 in the centre of a very busy city in Scotland in November. There is no doubt that there are challenges, but a lot of work is going into ensuring that that happens. With respect to COP26 being used to attract sustainable economic opportunities...

Scottish Parliament: Cop26 (10 Mar 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: I will get back to Maurice Golden on that, but—gently and with the best possible intention—I suggest that he might want to think a little more strategically about COP26 and find a way to rise above an attempt to simply make petty party-political points.

Scottish Parliament: Cop26 (10 Mar 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: We are speaking to a wide range of people, including young people. We want COP26 to be an inclusive event, in which all voices can be heard. Obviously, young people have been instrumental in bringing the issue to public consciousness in the past few years. We are working with partners to develop a programme of activities and events for community and civic engagement for before, during and...

Scottish Parliament: Cop26 (10 Mar 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: That is an important question. We have been asking about doing that, particularly in areas such as Orkney and Dumfries and Galloway. There are two sides to the question: the ability of those areas to present to COP26 the good news of what they do, and the possibility—which we are trying to explore—of encouraging some of the visitors to COP26 to go to some of those areas and see for...


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