1-12 November 2021. Glasgow.
Uniting the world to tackle climate change.
Warwick at COP26
We're really proud to say that Warwick was approved for official ‘Observer Status’ at the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26). We sent an official delegation of Warwick representatives, from across the University, to Glasgow.
We secured non-governmental observer status at COP26 meaning that our delegation were able to access the formal proceedings in Glasgow.
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 had an important role to play for all of us. They represented 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.
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.
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)
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.