The climate emergency is one of the most pressing issues of our time. At this pivotal moment, the decisions and actions we take today will reverberate beyond our own borders and lifetimes.
The 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) summit, taking place in Glasgow from November 1-12, 2021, is an international convening of nations to discuss what actions are needed to address climate change and to negotiate global and national emissions reductions.
The UK government, as the host of COP26, has set four goals for the event:
- Secure global net zero by mid-century and keep 1.5 degrees within reach
- Adapt to protect communities and natural habitats
- Mobilise finance
- Work together to deliver
To learn more about the UK government's approach, see COP26 Explained.
Many countries, groups, and individuals have additional ideas about desired outcomes. Examples include:
- COP26 Coalition, an international civil society coalition of groups and individuals organizing towards mobilizing around climate justice during COP26. Coalition members include environment and development NGOs, trade unions, grassroots community campaigns, faith groups, youth groups, migrant and racial justice networks.
- Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit, a non-profit organization that supports informed debate on energy and climate change issues in the UK, which has outlined the following as essential outcomes from COP26:
- A number of governments pledge tougher emission cuts by 2030
- A number of governments publish plans to reach net zero emissions by 2050
- Richer nations fulfil their pledge to deliver at least $100bn pa to help poorer ones protect against climate impacts and speed decarbonisation.
UBC will be participating in COP26 to engage with the international climate negotiation process, share UBC's leading research and climate actions and build new partnerships with people from around the world.