What is COP26?
The United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties, otherwise known as ‘COP’, is an annual summit bringing together most of the nations of the world to discuss how to combat climate change. The 26th annual summit will take place in November 2021 and is thus known as COP26.
It was meant to be held in November 2020 but was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As the UK holds the Presidency for COP26, it will take place in Glasgow, and the President is Conservative MP Alok Sharma.
COP26 is considered especially significant as it is the first COP since the 5-year anniversary of the Paris Agreement, meaning it is time for states to commit to more ambitious targets on their carbon emissions reductions – known as ‘nationally determined contributions’ or ‘NDCs’.