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World Climate Conferenc 2021, Glasgow


The UN Climate Change Conference is the 26th climate conference. It was supposed to take place in November 2020. However, it was postponed due to the COVID 19 pandemic. The conference is hosted by the United Kingdom and Italy.

The Climate Change Conference or 26th Conference of the Parties (COP 26) is also the 16th Meeting of the Parties to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol (CMP16) and the 5th Conference of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA 3).

At COP 26, Parties will review the progress they have made in meeting their commitments under the Paris Agreement. The aim is to keep global warming well below 2º C above pre-industrial levels and to continue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5º C.

The EU delegation is led by the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the Prime Minister of Slovenia, Janez Janša, representing the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU.

The summit declarations of the heads of state and government form the basis for the negotiations of the Parties on a final document to be adopted at the end of the conference.

Goals of COP 26

This year's climate conference has four main goals:

  • Ensure global CO2 neutrality by mid-century,
  • maintain the feasibility of global warming of no more than 1.5º C compared to pre-industrial levels,
  • commit to providing 100 billion US dollars annually by 2025 to help developing countries cope with the adverse impacts of climate change,
  • finalise the rulebook for the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

These targets are to be achieved through strong collective and individual commitments in Glasgow, including ambitious nationally determined contributions to be submitted by Parties.

Infographic - Paris Agreement: the EU's path to climate neutrality,
© European Union, 2020

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