IISD at COP 26
The 2021 UN Climate Change Conference
Negotiators clinch deal in Glasgow, eye the road ahead
COP 26 has now wrapped up at the Scottish Event Campus, bringing to a close the first UN climate conference since before the ongoing pandemic.
As our colleagues at Earth Negotiations Bulletin reported, the final days of the talks saw negotiators haggle over several issues, from climate finance to adaptation to whether and how to refer to fossil fuels in the final text. Highlights and images from the closing hours of the conference are now online, and a full summary report and analysis from the ENB team is live on their site.
IISD was actively involved in the COP process and will dedicate its subsequent efforts towards the crucial work that lies ahead now that negotiators have returned home.
Thank you for staying with us through this journey! And if you have any questions, please let us know: [email protected].
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Our COP 26 Priorities
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Essential Viewing: COP 26 Side Events
Side events are an integral component of any COP and this year is no exception. Make sure you mark your calendar for the sessions below, which will take on the many facets of climate adaptation, nature-based infrastructure, and a fossil-free recovery.
Shifting Public Support and Policies Toward a Clean and Just Energy Transition in the Global South
On Tuesday November 2 at 13:00 local time (GMT), join this virtual event on how to make sure policy-makers devote public funds toward renewables and craft their policies accordingly.
Putting Public Finance on the Right Side of History
This side event from the UK government will be held on Thursday November 4, at 10:30 AM local time (GMT) and will explore the decisive role public finance can play in accelerating the global energy transition and how different partners – including countries, export credit agencies and development finance institutions – can deliver this ambition.
Data Tools to Track Government Support Measures for Fossil Fuels
On Thursday November 4 at 16:00 local time (GMT), visit the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) virtual pavilion for a presentation on the new update to the Fossil Fuel Subsidy Tracker.
How Can Public Money Contribute to a Clean and Fair Transition?
On Thursday, November 4, at 18:30 local time (GMT), join this event to learn more about where public funds are going and what this means for transitioning away from fossil fuels and towards clean energy sources.
Engaging Citizens in Climate Adaptation through Creative Communications
On Friday November 5 at 14:30 local time (GMT), watch on Facebook Live to learn about two projects that IISD and the NAP Global Network supported to foster innovative and creative ways to communicate the climate crisis through images.
Accelerating Adaptation Through Valuation of Nature-Based Infrastructure
On Friday November 5, visit the Global Environment Facility (GEF) pavilion at 15:15 local time (GMT) to learn more about a new initiative on valuing nature-based infrastructure to support climate adaptation.
COP 26 Halfway Point Webinar
Tune in on Sunday, November 7, at 14:00 local time (GMT) for a stocktaking webinar from our Earth Negotiations Bulletin reporters, who will unpack where the COP 26 talks have advanced after the first week, which areas remain sticking points, and what to expect during the second week.
Adaptation: From planning to action
On Monday November 8 at 13:30 local time (GMT), visit the U.S. Center to hear donors and developing countries discuss the importance of National Adaptation Plans in building climate resilience at scale, along with announcements about adaptation-related funding.
Virtual Gender Marketplace
On Tuesday, November 9, at 15:00 local time (GMT), log into the UNFCCC's launch of this virtual conference and networking space and meet other colleagues working at the nexus of gender and climate action.
Women Count: Achieving Gender Equality through Improved Monitoring and Reporting
At 17:00 GMT (local time) on Tuesday November 9, make sure to visit the UK Presidency Pavilion for this workshop on incorporating gender indicators into reporting and what it means for climate policy.
Adaptation Beyond the EU: Perspectives for stronger cooperation with Africa
On Tuesday, November 9, at 17:30 local time (GMT), join this event on the new EU adaptation strategy and how to better link the internal and external dimensions of adaptation with partner countries, particularly in Africa.
Capacity Building for Adaptation Action: Focus on Adaptation Communications
On Tuesday November 9, join this event on what it means to develop an Adaptation Communication (or "ADCOM"), and why this is a strategic opportunity for countries to show where their adaptation efforts have gone and what their goals are.
The Subsidy Swap: Reform and reallocate subsidies from fossil fuels to deliver a fair energy transition
On Thursday November 11 at 14:00 local time (GMT), visit the Nordic pavilion for this event on "subsidy swaps" and fossil fuel subsidy reform.
Adaptation Research Alliance Launch
On November 10 at 13:00 GMT (local time), visit the Resilience Hub for an event focusing on ways to ensure adaptation action is locally-led and suited for tackling the climate crisis.