Blog Post: COP26: Climate Change is the Greatest Risk Facing us all

Blog Post: COP26: Climate Change is the Greatest Risk Facing us all

COP26 has come and gone. We reflect on the key messages, highlights, lessons and what still needs to be done at country and local level. World leaders from more than 100 countries came together in Glasgow from 31 October – 12 November 2021 to negotiate and agree on what some say may be the most pivotal ambitions and commitments to address the climate emergency to 2030 and beyond. Alongside these world leaders were representatives from intergovernmental organisations, non-profit organisations, civil society, global businesses, youth activists and indigenous peoples’ organisations, to name a few.

For almost thirty years, the United Nations (UN) has been bringing together nearly every country on the planet for global climate summits – called ‘Conference of the Parties’ or COPs. In that time climate change has become a global priority and not just a peripheral issue. This year’s 26th annual summit – COP26 –brought parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, with the UK as President (co-hosting with Italy)…read more

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