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COP26

The 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) will take place in Glasgow on 1 – 12 November 2021. The conference aims to bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

These pages are intended to provide a gateway for academics to engage with COP26. Over time, they will also feature information about the significant contribution that research at Warwick is making towards the key thematic areas of COP 26.

If you have information you would like us to include in these pages, please email igsd at warwick dot ac dot uk.

The UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in Glasgow on 1 – 12 November 2021. The climate talks will bring together heads of state, climate experts and campaigners to agree coordinated action to tackle climate change. As COP26 Presidency, 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 action ahead of COP26.

Visit the COP26 website

COP26 has five key themes:

  • Nature-based solutions
  • Adaptation and resilience
  • Climate finance
  • Clean energy
  • Clean transport

The COP26 Universities Network is a growing group of more than 40 UK-based universities working together to raise ambition for tangible outcomes from the UN COP26 Climate Change Conference [Glasgow, Scotland, November 2021]. The Network will create lasting partnerships and legacies that reach beyond this single event.

The Network's mission is to ensure that the UK academic sector plays our role in delivering a successful COP26, getting all players on track to deliver a low-carbon, resilient world. It aims to do so by easing access to evidence and academic expertise for COP26 for government, NGOs, and other actors, and by taking action itself. 

The group has a number of working groups related to COP26 themes that anyone is welcome to join. In addition, you can register to be included in their directory of experts at the link below.

About the network

COP 26 Universities Network briefings

Climate change expert profile submission

On 6 March 2020 the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee launched a standing inquiry into Net Zero and the UN Climate Summits. A central focus of this inquiry is scrutiny of the Government’s preparations for COP26. The UK Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) conducted a survey of experts on the UN’s climate negotiation process.

This report draws together the views of over 500 experts working on international climate policy who participated in the survey.

COP26: Principles and priorities—a POST survey of expert views

In September 2020, Warwick launched its first report in to the Sustainable Development Goals. The report explore the way that Warwick is contributing to the SDGs. The report is a first milestone in a commitment to promote further engagement from the academic community and invite a broad and inclusive range of stakeholders to start a conversation about sustainable development.

The report is an output of Warwick's broad commitment to tackling Climate Change followings its declaration of a Climate Emergency in September 2019.

There are many useful resources about campus sustainability initiatives and environmental sustainability reporting on the Environmental Sustainability pages.

Warwick's first SDG report

Environmental Sustainability