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COP26

COP26
26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties

1-12 November 2021. Glasgow.

Uniting the world to tackle climate change.

Warwick at COP26

We're really proud to say that Warwick has been approved for official ‘Observer Status’ at the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26). We are sending an official delegation of Warwick representatives, from across the University, to Glasgow.

We have non-governmental observer status at COP26 meaning that our delegation will be able to access the formal proceedings in Glasgow.

It also means that Warwick will be able to attend future conferences and Meetings of Parties under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Paris Agreement.

Our delegation has an important role to play for all of us. They’re representing our community and the University of Warwick in an official capacity, attending official sessions, engaging with the negotiating parties and networking with other official attendees.

Margot James, Executive Chair at WMG, the University of Warwick, discusses her hopes for COP26

Professor Nigel Driffield, Professor of International Business at Warwick Business School and Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor for Regional Engagement, talks about the opportunities for the region from COP26

Warwick’s research at COP26

Discover the innovative work being showcased at COP26.

COP26 research

Meet our delegation

Meet the University of Warwick delegates that are heading to COP26 in Glasgow.

Our delegates

News & blog

Get the latest news and expert commentary related to COP26.

COP26 blog


What is COP26?

November 2021 sees the UK hosting the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow.

The Conference of the Parties (COP) is the main decision-making body of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

This is the 26th edition of COP - hence 'COP26' - and involves representatives of all countries that are signatories, or ‘Parties’, to the UNFCCC. There are 197 Parties.

COP26 brings together the 197 parties to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Climate talks will involve heads of state, climate experts and campaigners agreeing to coordinate action to tackle climate change.

The United Nations is responsible for approving official attendees at COP and they comprise both international government representatives and approved ‘observer’ organisations. Warwick has been approved as an observer.

Warwick's official delegates will have access to the Blue Zone, a UN-managed space hosting the negotiations. Only delegates from the 197 Parties and observer organisations can access this Zone. All attendees have been accredited by the UNFCCC in advance.

The Green Zone is managed by the UK Government, and is a space for everyone, including community groups, academic and researchers and the public to share their voice, ideas and creativity with others through events, exhibitions, workshops and talks.

COP26 in more detail

All about COP26 (Warwick)

Our academics and experts from the Institute for Global Sustainable Development take an in-depth look and explain everything about COP26.

The goals of COP26 (COP26)

COP26: Everything you need to know ( Video, Sky News)

What is COP? (Met Office)

Who’s who at COP26 (The Guardian)

Stakeholder involvement ( PDF, COP26)

Warwick events

Warwick COP26 events

Sustainability-focussed events taking place at the University of Warwick campus and across Coventry alongside COP26.

More ways to get involved

Book a COP26 Green Zone ticket

Subscribe to COP26 on YouTube


Why should I care about COP26?

Scientists are warning that the impact on our planet will be irreversible if serious commitments to take radical action are not made at COP26.

Due to the ever-increasing severity of the climate crisis, COP26 will be extremely important as we must take decisive action.

The event will bring together leaders from countries across the globe to discuss climate change, its impacts and what we can do to reduce them.

Countries will be submitting their long term goals and concluding work from COP25 to set out the rules for a carbon market between countries.

COP26 is an important opportunity for the UK to prove what we are doing to reduce climate change.