New dates agreed for COP26
The Bureau of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change), with the UK and its Italian partners, confirmed new dates for the COP26 UN climate conference, which will now take place between 1 and 12 November 2021 at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in Glasgow.
The conference was originally set to take place in November 2020, but has been postponed due to COVID-19. The UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow, with Italy hosting a number of key preparatory events such as a Youth Event and the Pre-COP Summit. In the run up to November 2021, the UK as hosts will continue to work with all involved to increase climate action, build resilience and lower emissions. The new date will also allow the UK and Italian partners to harness their incoming G7 and G20 presidencies in driving climate ambition.
UK Year of Climate Action: in light of the current situation with Covid-19 and the postponement of COP26 to 2021, the UK Government is currently reviewing plans for the Year of Climate Action, mindful of the pressures facing businesses, communities and other organisations at this time. Tackling climate change remains a key priority together with a commitment to engaging individuals, communities and businesses to drive climate action. The Year of Climate Action aims to inspire positive action and engagement on climate change across the UK in the run up to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26). This will promote working across government, and with businesses, organisations, civil society groups, creative and cultural institutions and young people to encourage action to tackle climate change.