2021 UN climate summit, COP26
The UK has been chosen to host the major UN climate change summit, known as COP26, an event it will co-host with Italy. It was originally scheduled for November 2020 but has been postponed to November 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
This is the most important climate summit since the landmark Paris Agreement was agreed at COP21 in 2015. The postponement means that the COP26 will now take place after the ‘by 2020’ deadline for numerous components of the Paris Agreement.
UN officials expect nations to continue to work to deliver their updated Nationally Determined Contribution (NDCs) by the end of this year (2020). COP26 will also take on a newfound significance now that it will take place after the winner of the 2020 US Presidential election takes office.
Postponement allows the UK to assess the submission of its own NDC to consider key expert advice from the Committee on Climate Change, ensuring it is in line with its net zero by 2050 target.