COP26, or the 26th session of the Conference Of the Parties, is the United Nations Climate Change Summit that will be held in Glasgow from 1-12 November. Originally scheduled for November 2020, the conference had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COP26 at Glasgow

This year, the conference will be hosted by the United Kingdom in partnership with Italy. Delegates will aim to finalise the Paris Rulebook – rules needed to implement the COP21 Paris Agreement. They will also deliberate over outstanding issues from COP25 and find solutions to accelerate action towards the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. The event will take place at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) from 31st of October to the 12th of November 2021. The Presidency programme is available to view here.

COP26 at St Andrews

With the conference being held close to home, the university is determined to achieve key milestones in our efforts towards climate change. We are working on hosting in town events and spaces to enable all students and staff members to voice their concerns and views about sustainability and the planet.

This year we have set three key themes to act as a baseline to the discussions we have about climate change at St Andrews.

  1. Nature-Based Solutions
  2. Power to the People
  3. St Andrews for Climate Justice