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What is COP26?

What is COP27? Find out more about the conference and the key themes that underpin the event.
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The United Nations Climate Change Conference, the Conference of Parties, known as COP, is the decision-making body responsible for monitoring and reviewing the implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

COPs have met annually since the first summit in Berlin in 1995. They bring together 197 nations and territories – called Parties – that have signed the Framework Convention. The 26th conference of the Parties – COP26 – hosted by the UK in Glasgow and in partnership with Italy, is running from 31st October – 12th November 2021.

Countries meet during the conference to assess the progress of global efforts to limit global warming; with a focus on securing collective action towards the setting of new ambitious targets that will underpin international climate action.

Four key themes underpin COP26:

  1. Secure global net zero by mid-century and keep 1.5 degrees within reach.
  2. Adapt to protect communities and natural habitats.
  3. Mobilise finance.
  4. Work together to deliver.

Should you wish to take a ‘deeper dive’, we invite you to explore the additional resources below.

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