Nicola Sturgeon has urged world leaders to ensure that the “eyes of history judge us fairly” in tackling climate challenges.
The First Minister issued the call during a breakfast at the Clydeside Distillery on Tuesday morning.
It comes after COP26 got under way in Glasgow, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and US President Joe Biden amongst the speakers at the Hydro venue on Monday.
“Glasgow has the opportunity to be a city which helps propel the world into the net-zero age,” said Sturgeon.
“Given our industrial past – an industrial past shared by not all but many of the countries represented here today – we also have a particular responsibility to help lead the world into the net-zero age.
“As leaders here, you have that weight of responsibility on your shoulders.
“We all bear that weight of responsibility to come out of this summit with a credible pathway to net-zero, so that we do have the ability to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees – but to do that in a way that is fair and just and recognises that responsibility of developed countries to developing countries.”
Sturgeon also thanked those in attendance for making the effort to be in Glasgow for the summit.
The First Minister added: “I’m glad, and very proud, that my home city is playing host to these important discussions and I wish you all well with your deliberations over the course of today.
“Thank you very much for making the effort to be with us here in Glasgow over this very important period – a period I’m sure history will look back on and judge as to whether we faced up to these challenges or not, so let’s make sure that the eyes of history judge us fairly.”