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COP26: It’s (almost) here

17 Oct 2021
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COP26: It’s (almost) here

COP26: It’s (almost) here

The latest round of global climate talks will take place from 31 October to 12 November 2021 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. Thousands of government delegates and people from civil society, business and the media will gather to advance climate action. The world will be watching and demanding that national leaders rise to the moment, given the mounting climate crisis and far-reaching consequences for a livable future. Science confirms we have reached a “code red” for our world. 

Check out the schedule for COP26. Learn more about the World Leaders Summit.

COP: What’s that? 
COP stands for the conference of the Parties to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which set the stage for all international cooperation on climate. The COP is the top decision-making body for implementing the Convention and follow-up instruments like the 2015 Paris Agreement. Generally meeting once a year, the COP reviews national reports on emissions reductions and other climate measures. Glasgow will host the twenty-sixth COP. Learn more.

What’s at stake?
Under the presidency of the United Kingdom, COP26 must be a turning point. It must deliver bold, large-scale and rapid actions by national leaders, for people and the planet. Countries must come together and collaborate to rebuild trust, re-energize action, and deliver in full on the promises made in the Paris Agreement. 

Three top priorities are: 

Keep global temperature rise to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius through rapid, bold emissions cuts and net-zero commitments

Increase international finance for adaptation to at least half the total spent on climate action. 

Meet the existing commitment to provide $100 billion in international climate finance each year so that developing countries can invest in green technologies, and protect lives and livelihoods against worsening climate impacts.

What’s happening day by day? 
While government talks are the heart of the COP, it also features an array of activities, such as theme days, side events, report launches and exhibits. Keep an eye out for pop-up demonstrations. Expect to see and hear from government and business leaders, activists, celebrities, youth advocates, community changemakers and more from every part of the world. 

For more on the meeting agenda and schedule, check here. Get prepared with this comprehensive list of events and exhibits. Explore the “green zone” that will feature side events open to the public. 

Stay tuned: A link to a live webcast of events will be available closer to the start of the conference.




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