The deferred United Nations climate change summit (COP26) will now take place in Glasgow, Scotland, between 1 and 12 November 2021. The event had been postponed from planned November 2020 dates because of the COVID pandemic. In the meantime the conference venue, the Scottish Exhibition Centre, was repurposed as a hospital facility supporting Scotland’s National Health Service in response to the virus crisis.
Numerous world leaders, and more than 30,000 delegates are anticipated to attend what has been described as a crucial Conference of Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the most important climate negotiations since the Paris climate agreement in 2015.
COP26 President Alok Sharma, the UK government’s business secretary, said "While we rightly focus on fighting the immediate crisis of the coronavirus, we must not lose sight of the huge challenges of climate change…With the new dates for COP26 now agreed we are working with our international partners on an ambitious roadmap for global climate action between now and November 2021”.
"The steps we take to rebuild our economies will have a profound impact on our societies' future sustainability, resilience and wellbeing and COP26 can be a moment where the world unites behind a clean resilient recovery”.
The UN Climate Change Executive Secretary, Patricia Espinosa, said: "If done right, the recovery from the Covid-19 crisis can steer us to a more inclusive and sustainable climate path”.