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New dates for COP26 United Nations Climate Change Conference

The COP26 UN climate conference is now to take place between 1  and 12 November 2021 in Glasgow. The new dates were agreed by the Bureau of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change), with the UK and its Italian partners.

The conference, originally to take place in November 2020, had been postponed due to the COVID-19 virus. Following a discussion on the topic involving UNFCCC members, delivery partners and the international climate community the new date was agreed upon.

The decision on the new date comes as the UK Government announces that over 25 experts in multiple global sectors will be advising the COP26 Presidency.

The UK as hosts will continue to collaborate with all involved to increase climate action, build resilience and lower emissions leading up to the November 2021 conference. The new date will also allow the UK and Italian partners to harness incoming G7 and G20 presidencies in driving climate ambition.

The Friends of COP include Selwin Hart, Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on Climate Action, Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles and Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation.

COP26 President and Secretary of State for the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Alok Sharma, said:

“While we rightly focus on fighting the immediate crisis of the Coronavirus, we must not lose sight of the huge challenges of climate change. With the new dates for COP26 now agreed we are working with our international partners on an ambitious roadmap for global climate action between now and November 2021. The steps we take to rebuild our economies will have a profound impact on our societies’ future sustainability, resilience and wellbeing and COP26 can be a moment where the world unites behind a clean resilient recovery”.

He added:

“Everyone will need to raise their ambitions to tackle climate change and the expertise of the Friends of COP will be important in helping boost climate action across the globe.”

Italian Minister for the Environment, Land and Sea Protection, Sergio Costa, said:

“I am glad that consultations with Parties have made it possible to collectively and quickly agree new dates for COP26. The new dates mean the conference will be at a time when the Covid-19 tragedy will be behind us and we will be able to ensure inclusiveness, for us a fundamental prerequisite for an ambitious COP26 based on global commitment to action.”

Carolina Schmidt Zaldívar, COP25 President and Minister of Environment of Chile said:

“It is very important that we continue to push for climate action, and having quickly agreed on new dates for COP26 is a sign of this commitment.”

UN Climate Change Executive Secretary, Patricia Espinosa, said:

“Our efforts to address climate change and COVID-19 are not mutually exclusive. If done right, the recovery from the COVID-19 crisis can steer us to a more inclusive and sustainable climate path.”

She also commented:

“We honor those who we have lost by working with renewed commitment and continuing to demonstrate leadership and determination in addressing climate change, and building a safe, clean, just and resilient world.”

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