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What is COP26?

The United Nations Climate Change Conference is the foremost global forum for discussions on climate change.

COPs advance work on multi-lateral agreements, assess the progress of global efforts to limit global warming and provide a focus on a common way forward to tackle the realities of climate change.

The 26th Conference of the Parties is the most significant COP since the Paris Agreement was signed in 2015 as nations will be reviewing their emissions targets. Five years ago world leaders committed to an historic agreement to tackle climate change. They agreed to keep global mean temperature rises well below 2 ℃ and to strive to limit the rise to 1.5 ℃.

Made up of international negotiations, global civil society activity and activists, COP26 will be the biggest and most complex event ever staged in Scotland, with the largest gathering of Heads of State ever to happen in the UK.

COP26 will run from 31 October - 12 November 2021 at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC)

Having grown steadily over the past two decades the conferences are now the largest meetings convened by the UN, and Heads of State and high-level government officials regularly attend as well as tens of thousands government delegates, representatives of civil society, intergovernmental (IGOs) organisations, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and international media.

The COP26 Presidency Programme has been confirmed, and will showcase momentum from the whole of society, and focus on key issues to drive ambition and action. Available to view here.

In addition to the main negotiations we can expect hundreds of meetings and social gatherings to take place during the period of the COP. The whole city will feel its presence.

Covid 19

Postponing COP26 by a year has given the event organisers, the UN, the UK government and ourselves time to redesign plans to deliver a successful summit, while the world tackles the pandemic.

Intentions remain unchanged - the UN and UK government aims to hold COP in person in a way that allows all the registered delegates to come together and participate in the negotiations on an equal footing. We continue to work towards that to meet the high ambitions for the summit and drive forward the urgent, coordinated global action we need to tackle climate change.

Ambitions also remain unchanged - this will be the biggest event the UK has ever hosted and most significant COP since the Paris Agreement was negotiated in 2015. We will be ready to welcome delegates and world leaders from across the globe to Glasgow. Extending to them our unrivalled warm welcome and showing that Glasgow is a city at the forefront of the transition to zero carbon world.

As you would expect organisers are considering what different covid scenarios might mean for COP26 and how the event is delivered. The health of the participants and the local community are at the centre of all operational planning and at the moment while we are 'planning to normal' there is flexibility and contingencies built into this process.

For more information:

COP26 Explained
www.ukcop26.org
www.unfccc.int 

Why Glasgow?

Glasgow was chosen by the UK to host COP26 due to its experience in hosting world class events, commitment to sustainability and first-rate facilities.

Recently awarded the status of Global Green City, we have an ambitious target of achieving carbon neutrality by 2030.

The city is also currently ranked 4th in the world in the Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-Index) that promotes responsible business tourism best practice.

Energy, low carbon and sustainable conferences are regularly in the top three key sectors for conferences in the city.

Our role in supporting this event is to help deliver a safe and successful conference. As the world watches, Glasgow will look fantastic and provide a welcoming and safe environment for delegates, visitors, businesses and residents.

Glasgow's Sustainable Ambition

The city's partners are committed to making Glasgow one of the most sustainable places in Europe, where a high quality of urban life and green business practices generating sustainable profits go together. Glasgow was one of the foremost cities of the first global industrial revolution and now it is forging a new economy in the middle of the green revolution.  

This is drawing upon the city's native spirit of innovation, partnership and entrepreneurialism - and it needs the active participation of a strong public sector and engaged business community. The city wants to see both green and inclusive economic growth so that sustainability and social justice are hallmarks of Glasgow's message to the world and its offer to residents, businesses and investors. 

The council declared a climate and ecological emergency for the city in May 2019 and then published the recommendations of its Climate Emergency Working Group. A summary of the climate emergency recommendations and a copy of the full report can be accessed here     

The key ambition is for the city to become carbon neutral by the year 2030. This is a journey that needs all partners to work together across public, private, academic and community sectors - with significant challenges around decarbonising heat and transport in particular.  

The Leader of the Council has therefore re-launched a Sustainable Glasgow partnership, which will act as the shared means of delivering a collective will to grow a greener Glasgow.

Cities are where the move to a more sustainable future will be delivered - due to the concentration of population. In recognising this Glasgow has partnered with a number of prominent cities with a common cause.

To achieve a 'just transition' we must manage change positively in an equitable way and prepare for our move to a cleaner, greener economy and society, leaving no one behind.

COP26 will add momentum to our existing ambitions and challenge us to do better, giving us a platform to highlight our progress now and beyond the Conference.

COP26 Host City Volunteers

Applications are now closed to be a COP26 Volunteer.

If you have applied, you can keep up-to-date with your application via the Volunteer Portal.

For other ways to get involved in COP26, please visit here.

More than 10,000 people applied to volunteer for the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference - COP26, with many eager to provide participants and media visiting from nations and territories around the world with the famous warm Glasgow welcome.

The UK will host the international summit at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in Glasgow on 31 October - 12 November 2021  and Glasgow City Council received a fantastic response from people keen to help support the staging of the event.

COP26 Host City Zone

Throughout COP26, the City Chambers will a prominent focal point to welcome the world. The COP26 Host City Zone will build on Glasgow's sustainability ambitions and act as a hub that allows the host city to engage with a wide range of partners from across the world as well as other cities and city networks. 

The council is working with groups and organisations including Bloomberg, C40 city network tackling climate change, Core Cities UK, Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, faith and third sector groups to work up a programme of policy meetings, receptions and events that will compliment the main COP26 programme. This activity is not only will be an important legacy opportunity for Glasgow but it will also help reinforce the city's position as a world leader in the race to net zero and a place where green business can be done. The groups that the council is engaging with to produce a programme within the Host City Zone is listed below.

Adaptation Scotland

Association of British Insurers

Bloomberg Philanthropies

British Council

C40 cities

Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance

Cities4Forests

Cities of Aarhus and Pittsburgh

Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance

ClimateWise

Connected Places Catapult

Construction 21 awards

Core Cities

COSLA

Dark Matter Labs

Ellen Macarthur Foundation

Glasgow Chamber of Commerce

Glasgow Citizens' Assembly

Glasgow City of Science & Innovation

Glasgow schools

Glasgow Social Enterprise Network

Global Resilient Cities Network

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

ICLEI

Indigenous peoples and First Nations representatives

Interfaith Glasgow

IPPR

LEAF Coalition

Local Government Associations for England, Wales and Northern Ireland

London Boroughs

Mayors Alliance for a European Green Deal

Mental Health Foundation

Nourish Scotland

OECD

POLIS transport network

Prospect Trade Union

Royal Society of Arts

Scottish Cities Alliance

Scottish Government

Stop Climate Chaos Scotland

Sustainable Scotland Network

Third Sector Interface

UK100

UN Women

Glasgow City Council Owned Venues

A number of council owned venues and some operated by Glasgow Life will be used to support the delivery of COP26 activity. These will be used by the council and delivery partners;  UK Government (the event organiser), Police Scotland and Scottish Government.

  • City Chambers
  • The Lighthouse
  • Riverside Museum
  • Kelvinhall
  • Kelvingrove Gallery and Museum
  • Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls and Tennis Centre
  • Emirates Arena

The council's COP26 event operations team is working with various organisations to create a COP city feel during the conference. Below is a list detailing which organisations have or are in the process of securing a GCC venue for their meeting/event/activation during COP.

*Information correct as of 8 October 2021*

*Please note that the below list includes events such as protests, demonstrations and vigils that are only subject to a notification process and not an approvals process. These events are not therefore being facilitated by Glasgow City Council*

Host City Zone

Organisation

Proposal

Location              

Date(s)        

Malawi Reception

Civic

City Chambers

30 October

COY16 Gala Dinner

Civic

City Chambers

30 October

Interfaith reception

Civic

City Chambers

31 October

Stop Climate Chaos Gala

Civic

City Chambers

31 October

C40 Board Meeting *REHEARSAL*

Meeting

City Chambers

1 November

C40 Steering Committee Hybrid TBC

Meeting

City Chambers

1 November

C40 Board Meeting

Meeting

City Chambers

1 November

C40 Steering Committee

Meeting

City Chambers

2 November

Meeting with Leader & Mayor of Houston

Meeting

City Chambers

2 November

C40 Flagship Event

Meeting

City Chambers

2 November

C40/Bloomberg Gala

Reception

City Chambers

2 November

Mayors' Breakfast

Meeting

City Chambers

3 November

ABI/Uni of Cambridge

Event

City Chambers

3 November

Core Cities Portfolio Launch

Event

City Chambers

3 November

Core Cities Drinks Reception and Dinner

Civic

City Chambers

3 November

Sustainable Scotland Network

Event

City Chambers

4 November

Non-capital cities - Glasgow, Pittsburg, Aarhus

Event

City Chambers

4 November

LEAF civic reception

Civic

City Chambers

4 November

Children's Climate Charter Event

Civic

City Chambers

5 November

Third Sector Interface

Civic

City Chambers

5 November

First Nations & Indigenous Peoples Reception

Civic

City Chambers

5 November

Nourish Scotland

Event  

City Chambers

6 November

Cities 4 Forests - Financing Civic Assets, Beyond Carbon

Event

City Chambers

6 November

Glasgow Citizens Assembly

Civic

City Chambers

6 November

Christian Aid Rowan Williams & Archbishop of Canterbury  

Civic

City Chambers

7 November

British Council

Civic

City Chambers

7 November

Climate Change Adaptation

Event

City Chambers

8 November

Community Union - A Just Transition

Event

City Chambers

8 November

Glasgow Social Enterprise Network

Event

City Chambers

8 November

UN Women UK

Event    

City Chambers

9 November

Glasgow Chamber of Commerce

Civic

City Chambers

9 November

Women in STEM

Civic

City Chambers

9 November

OECD report launch

Event

City Chambers

10 November

Mayors Alliance for Green Deal

Event

City Chambers

10 November

Construction 21 Awards

Event

City Chambers

10 November

UK100

Event

City Chambers

10 November

Thriving Cities Initiative

Policy

City Chambers

11 November

Circular Economy

Event

City Chambers

11 November

Leader & English Combined Authorities Mayors

Event

City Chambers

11 November

ICLEI Mayoral Gathering, UK100, C40 and others

Civic

City Chambers

11 November

IPPR Think Tank

Policy

City Chambers

12 November

Royal Society of Arts

Policy

City Chambers

12 November

Scot Gov Cultural Reception

Event

City Chambers

12 November

 

Glasgow City Council/Glasgow Life Venues

Organisation                                  

Proposal                                                                 

Location                              

Date (s)      

Fragile Fight

Sir Roger Gale - Polar Bear Presentation

Venue unconfirmed

TBC

Peoples Protest

Christian Aid

Venue unconfirmed

TBC

Weaving Hopes for the Future

Kilma Action Malaysian

Venue unconfirmed

TBC

Youth Voice Impact

Impact Arts

Venue unconfirmed

TBC

The Koala is the Canary

Australian Conservation Foundation

Venue unconfirmed

TBC

 

Neighbourhood Regeneration and Sustainability (NRS) Venues

Organisation

Proposal

Location

Date (s)

Glasgow Life - Open Museum outreach of GL Museums

To Absent Friends

Glasgow Green - drying green

1 - 8 November

Poppy Scotland/Promotional Warehouse

Poppy Scotland - Retail Units

Buchanan Street/Argyle Street

1 - 14 November

St. Francis Pipe Band

St. Francis Pipe Band

Venue unconfirmed

 TBC

Ulster Loyalist Coalition

Demonstration

George Square

23 October

Society for the Protection of Unborn Children

Vigil & procession

George Square

28 October

Poppy Scotland

Poppy Scotland - Collections

George Square/City Centre

18 October - 13 November

Remembrance Garden

Royal British Legion

George Square

24 October - 15 November

Population Matters

Population Matters

TBC - park/precinct

8 November

Location Live

Activation

TBC - park/precinct

30 - 31 October

Inkling Force of Nature

Interactive maze installation

TBC - park/precinct

30 October - 13 November

Moths to a flame

Filming

TBC - park/precinct

 TBC

Cargo Collective

Cow pop up

TBC - park/precinct

 TBC

RSPB

Glasgow to Globe

TBC - park/precinct

11 - 30 October

Organiser

Mercy Bus

TBC - park/precinct

5 - 7 November

Socialist Party of Great Britain

SPGB/WSM COP26 Group

TBC - park/precinct

 TBC

Interfaith Glasgow

Interfaith Vigil

TBC - park/precinct

31 October

Nourish Scotland

Food & Climate Space

TBC - park/precinct

1 - 12 November

Border Crossings

Totem Latamat

TBC - park/precinct

TBC

Zurich Insurance Plc

What could go right?

TBC - park/precinct

TBC

Ross Montgomery via Creative Carbon Scotland

Equal Sun

TBC - park/precinct

TBC

Stitches for Survival

Stitches for Survival

TBC - park/precinct

TBC 

Glasgow Churches Together

Glasgow Cathedral

TBC - park/precinct

7 November

Ellie Harrrison (organiser)

Early Warning Signs

TBC - park/precinct

TBC 

Every Can Counts

Every Can Counts

TBC - park/precinct

TBC

Food Shift for a Future

Farmers for Stock-Free Farming

TBC - park/precinct

 TBC

Low Carbon Food Market

Glasgow Community Food Network

TBC - park/precinct

6 - 9 & 11 November

SPGB/WSM COP26 Group

Socialist Party of Great Britain

TBC - park/precinct

 TBC

Glasgow City Council

Greenfleet

TBC - park/precinct

5 November

Glasgow City Council

Greenfleet

TBC - park/precinct

7 November

Glasgow City Council

Greenfleet

TBC - park/precinct

8 November

Historic Environment Scotland

Public engagement - skills demo

TBC - park/precinct

4 - 5 November

Active Schools

 Event

TBC - park/precinct

27 October

 

Sustainable Glasgow Landing

Organisation                                   

Proposal                                         

Location                                         

Date (s)      

Organiser

Cities 4 Forests

Sustainable Glasgow Landing

TBC

River Cycleway Group

River Cycleway cycle deck

Sustainable Glasgow Landing

TBC

Vidi

Clydeside the City

Sustainable Glasgow Landing

TBC

Scottish Government

Action Oak

Sustainable Glasgow Landing

TBC

GCC

The Avenues

Sustainable Glasgow Landing

TBC

Bottletop

Public art installation

Sustainable Glasgow Landing

TBC

Stop Climate Chaos Scotland

Activation

Sustainable Glasgow Landing

TBC

Scottish Government

International Inuit Day

Sustainable Glasgow Landing

TBC

UPS

Last mile delivery pilot

Sustainable Glasgow Landing

TBC

Scottish Government

Vertical Farming

Sustainable Glasgow Landing

TBC

Young Scots

Event

Sustainable Glasgow Landing

TBC

Zero Carbon House

Event

Sustainable Glasgow Landing

TBC

University of Strathclyde

Stardust

Sustainable Glasgow Landing

TBC

Arcola Energy/GCC

Event

Sustainable Glasgow Landing

TBC

 

Get Involved

As we get closer to event time there will be many ways in which businesses, residents, schools and community groups can feel part of Glasgow, and the wider world's, climate change conversation and involvement in making COP26 a success.

The UK Government have launched Together For Our Planet, a campaign aimed at engaging the whole country in the conversation around climate change in the lead-up to COP26.

Make your action count and inspire others to do their bit by sharing what you are doing using #TogetherForOurPlanet on social media and joining others through the Count Us In campaign.

Race To Zero of which Glasgow is a member - is a global campaign to rally leadership and support from businesses, cities, regions, investors and universities for a healthy, resilient, zero carbon recovery that prevents future threats, creates decent jobs, and unlocks inclusive, sustainable growth.

The campaign invites business from every corner of the UK to join the #RacetoZero with the aim to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 at the very latest.

Please keep an eye out for more ways to get involved via our social channels:

Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/GlasgowCC

Twitter: https://twitter.com/glasgowcc

For partnership and support enquiries visit the COP26 website to register your interest

 

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