COP26: Will it be different this time?
After being delayed for a year due to the COVID-19 crisis, the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26, will take place in Glasgow from 1 - 12 November 2021.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres described 2021 as a “make or break year” in the fight against the climate emergency and underlined that long-term commitments must be matched by immediate actions to launch the decade of transformation that people and the planet so desperately need.
The United Kingdom and Italy, who are co-hosting COP26, agreed on the need to build back better following the impact of COVID-19. They have set the focus of the conference on four goals: a step change in commitments to emissions reduction, strengthening adaptation to climate change impacts, getting finance flowing for climate action, and enhancing international collaboration.
Achieving those goals won’t be easy as several challenges are looming. There is the unresolved issue of long-standing divisions on Article 6 of the Paris Agreement, which sets out a mechanism for regulating the international carbon market, and agreeing on a post-2020 rulebook for international emissions trading. Additional challenges include persuading countries with the highest emissions to commit to be ambitious and ensuring further collaboration between governments and industry to reach climate goals.
But with a new US administration taking the climate emergency seriously and China’s recent pledge to reach carbon neutrality by 2060, the global political will to tackle climate change is arguably the strongest in many years.
Join this EURACTIV Virtual Conference to discuss the feasibility of climate goals and how the global community will have to work together to address the climate challenge at COP26 and beyond.
Jytte Guteland MEP, Rapporteur on the Climate Law, ENVI Committee, European Parliament
Jana Urh Lesjak, Deputy Head of Slovenian Delegation to UNFCCC
Neeshad Shafi, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Arab Youth Climate Movement Qatar
Amber Rudd, Head of International Advisory Group (IAG), Equinor, Former UK Secretary of State
Antony Froggatt, Senior Research Fellow and Deputy Director, Energy, Environment and Resources Programme, Royal Institute of International Affairs
Jennifer Tollmann, Senior Policy Advisor, E3G
Frédéric Simon, Energy & Environment Editor, EURACTIV
09:30 – 09:35 Welcome
09:35 – 09:45 Panellist statements
09:45 – 10:55 Discussion and Q&A
10:55 – 11:00 Closing statements
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