What is COP26 and why is it important?

COP26 promises to be the most important environmental meeting since Paris in 2015. Many elements of the Paris Agreement are still debated. Each nation must be accountable for how it will reduce its carbon emissions and agree on an ambitious new emission path for the future, known as Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

Ensuring that the Paris Agreement is implemented globally and that countries live up to their commitments will be essential to protect our planet for future generations.

It is hoped that four key objectives will be achieved at COP26:

  1. Secure global net zero by 2050 and keep 1.5° C at your fingertips

To achieve this, nations will need to accelerate the phase-out of coal, encourage investment in renewable energy, limit deforestation and accelerate the shift to electric vehicles.

  1. Adapt to protect communities and natural habitats

Nations will need to work together to enable countries affected by climate change to protect and restore ecosystems, build defenses and increase resilience to prevent further losses.

  1. Mobilize funding

Developed countries must keep their pledge to raise at least $ 100 billion in climate finance each year. Trillions of private and public sector funding must be released to reach net zero by 2050.

  1. Working together to deliver

Tackling climate change requires a global effort, in which everyone must work together. Ambitions must be realized by accelerating collaboration to achieve global climate goals faster.

The event will focus on several key themes over the two-week period, which we have summarized below:

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