What is the COP and why is it one of the most significant climate events in the environmental calendar?
Glasgow prepare to host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) on 31 October – 12 November 2021.
The United Kingdom, together with many other countries worldwide, are dedicated to tackling the threats of climate change. The COP (Conference of the Parties) refers to a global summit attended by over 200 world leaders who discuss the threats of climate change and how countries plan to tackle it. All attending countries have signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – a treaty agreed in 1994.
COP26 starting at the end of this month, will be the biggest summit the UK has ever hosted, anticipated by many. Covid-19 led to a delay of COP25 in 2020, therefore, COP26 will be a significant event for 2021 with ambitions of resolving big issues in relation to climate change. These include discussions on how the agreed goals should be achieved and the expectation of more ambitious climate pledges from countries to put forward at the summit.
The UK is committed to working with all countries and joining forces with civil society, companies, and people on the frontline of climate change to inspire climate action ahead of COP26. In 2020, the government pledged a “Year of Climate Action”, creating targets in relation to electric cars, to reduce the UK’s carbon emission to “net zero” by 2050. These goals have arisen from government obligations to set out ambitious goals for ending their contribution to climate change under the Paris Agreement (COP21).
This annual summit is all about uniting the world to tackle climate change, ensuring a greener, more resilient future for us all, making it the most significant climate event in the environmental calendar.
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