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COP 26

The Road to COP 26

COP 26 - scheduled for 31 October to 12 November in Glasgow - promises to be a landmark meeting for climate action
Later this year, COP26 will bring governments together to reboot and refocus global efforts to confront the climate crisis, in a radically different environment altered by COVID-19. It is an important meeting because countries which have signed the Paris Agreement are due to submit the next iterations of their national emissions goals.

These Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) were first drawn up in 2015 and must now be revised with more ambitious targets for 2030, and long-term strategies that set out how and when countries expect to achieve net-zero emissions. These plans are vital if we are to limit global warming to 1.5°C and avoid the most devastating impacts of climate change on people and nature.

We are hopeful that, as we emerge from the global COVID-19 pandemic, and as citizens around the world increasingly demand action on the climate crisis, we can make up for lost time and deliver a convincing response to the climate emergency.

Mid-Year Climate Meetings

To prepare for COP26, the UN Climate Change secretariat will be hosting a virtual meeting from 31 May to 17 June 2021.

The three-week meeting aims to advance the extensive work that needs to be addressed in preparation for the important COP26 global climate conference in Glasgow later this year.

These meetings are an important step in driving forward resolutions to a number of key topics, including adaptation to climate change, carbon markets, and the need for countries to scale up their climate plans (NDCs).

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Regional Climate Weeks

Regional climate weeks aim to build momentum for the annual UN Climate Change Conferences and drive forward implementation of the Paris Agreement.
  • Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week was held on 11-14 May 2021 and hosted by the Dominican Republic.
  • Asia-Pacific Climate Week will be held on 6-9 July 2021 and is hosted by Japan.
  • Africa Climate Week will be held from 26-29 September 2021 and is hosted by Uganda.

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