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At the Rio Earth Summit in 1992 the world agreed to act on climate change and the UN Framework Convention on Environment and Development (UNFCCC) was launched. Since then 25 Conferences have been held – some have been more successful than others. COP21 in Paris took a significant step forward setting up the Paris Agreement. The Paris Agreement is a legally binding international treaty on climate change, for the first time, a binding agreement brings all nations into the common cause of ambitious efforts to combat climate change and adapt to its effects. It is designed to help ratchet up collective climate ambition, commitments and action and not just by Governments -- all IEMA members contribute through their own work and outcomes. Five years on from the Paris agreement, COP26 is a critical milestone for demonstrating and ‘locking in’ the global commitments and requirements to deliver transitional change at scale and at pace.

Featured COP26 articles

Boots on the Ground

Joe Nisbet considers whether a virtual COP26 would be better or worse for the environment

28th May 2021

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In the build-up to COP26, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Race to Zero campaign (racetozero.unfccc.int) is gaining real traction and mobilising commitments. Unlike other races, it can be joined at any stage. How is it going?

26th March 2021

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What do businesses want from COP26? Catherine Early reports back from an event investigating this issue

28th February 2020

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The COP26 climate summit set to take place in Glasgow in November has been postponed until next year due to ongoing fears around coronavirus, the UK government has announced.

2nd April 2020

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Tackling climate change must not slip down the list of priorities for the UK government after the COP26 climate summit was postponed until next year, a cross-party group of MPs has said.

7th April 2020

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The delayed 26th UN Climate Change Conference is an opportunity to turn the Paris Agreement’s ambition into action

29th January 2021

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The government has set out the UK’s approach to preparing for climate change effects at home and supporting those impacted overseas, fulfilling a Paris Agreement commitment.

29th January 2021

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