What was COP26?

The Conference of Parties 26th, or COP26, was a critical milestone to check progress 5 years after the Paris Agreement.

This is a legally binding international treaty on climate change that was adopted by 196 Parties at COP21 in Paris in 2015 and came into force the following year. Its goal is to limit global warming to well below 2, preferably to 1.5 degrees Celsius, compared to pre-industrial levels.

COP26 brought parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The UK hosted COP26 across two weeks in November 2021 in Glasgow. It was postponed in 2020 which has enabled America to get back to the table. It was attended by national ministers and heads of state.