|Date||1 November 2021 - 12 November 2021|
The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference – known as COP26 – is the 26th UN Climate Change Conference and is scheduled to be held at the Scottish Event Campus SEC Centre in Central Glasgow, Scotland, from 1 to 12 November 2021 under the presidency of the United Kingdom.
COP26 is set to incorporate the 26th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the 16th meeting of the parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP16), and the third meeting of the parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA3).
Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth Claire Perry O'Neill was originally appointed president of the conference, but was abruptly removed on 31 January 2020, several months after she had stepped down as an MP. Former Prime Minister David Cameron and former Tory party leader William Hague were unwilling to accept the role, but, on 13 February 2020, Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Secretary Alok Sharma was appointed. On 8 January 2021, Sharma was succeeded by Kwasi Kwarteng as Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Secretary and moved to the Cabinet Office, in order to focus on the presidency full-time, in a move that was described as not a surprise.
Nigel Topping was appointed as the UK Government's High Level Climate Action Champion for COP26; he is the former CEO of We Mean Business, a climate change action organisation. Also appointed by the Prime Minister and taking a finance advisory position is Mark Carney, former governor of the Bank of England.
In partnership with Italy
Italy will partner with the UK in leading COP26. For the most part, their role will be in preparatory work such as the hosting of a pre-COP session and an event for young people called Youth4Climate 2020: Driving Ambition. These events had been scheduled to take place between 28 September and 2 October 2020 in Milan.
US rejoins Paris Agreement
Independent observers noted that though not directly related, the Covid-19 postponement gave the international community time to respond to the outcome of the 2020 United States presidential election, held in November 2020. President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris Agreement, although this could not take effect until 4 November 2020; while his Democratic challengers pledged to immediately rejoin the Paris Agreement and increase ambition to reduce emissions. On 20 January 2021, President Joe Biden rejoined the Paris Accord.
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