COP26 is the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP), to be hosted by the UK in Glasgow in partnership with Italy, in November 2021.
The Summit will bring together delegates from all over the world to discuss a coordinated approach to tackle climate change. It will be an opportunity to highlight issues or demonstrate progress, as well as discussing the implementation and completion of the historic Paris Agreement, which saw the commitment of world leaders to tackling climate change at the COP21.
COP21 – The Paris Agreement
The Paris Agreement is the first universal and legally binding international treaty on tackling climate change. It was adopted under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) by 196 Parties at COP21 in Paris, in December 2015.
The aim of the treaty is to strengthen the global response to climate change by limiting global warming to less than 2°C, ideally 1.5°C, compared to pre-industrial levels. It should increase the ability of different countries to deal with the impacts of climate change. It requires the best efforts of individual countries – nationally determined contributions (NDCs) – which are to be strengthened over time.
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