The UK hosts the 26th Conference of the Parties, known as COP26, in 2021 in Glasgow. It is expected the summit will be the largest the UK has ever hosted, with up to 200 world leaders expected to attend for the final weekend. In the run up to COP26 Chatham House is organizing a monthly COP briefing service targeted at:

  • The diplomatic service based in London; in particular the staff of the London embassies who are following and reporting back to their capitals on climate change issues.
  • Senior UK Government civil servants, officials and politicians engaged in climate change.
  • Academics, experts, business representatives and NGOs.

COP26 is particularly important because, as part of the Paris Agreement, 2020 is the year in which governments are due to review their National Determined Contributions (NDCs) with the expectation that this will lead to greater ambition, keeping the increase in global average temperature to ‘well below’ 2 °C above pre-industrial levels. 2020 is also a key deadline for mobilizing the estimated $100 billion needed for green finance in developing countries. 

London is host to one of the world’s largest diplomatic communities, with over 180 embassies and 4000 diplomatic staff.  While several London embassies already have dedicated environment or climate attachés, many do not. Therefore, there is value in rapidly increasing and strengthening the knowledge of and communication within London’s diplomatic community as well as connections with the UK Government and a wider set of climate actors.

The briefings series offer an opportunity to discuss in an informal setting, under the Chatham House rule, the most pressing and complex climate issues of the day with UK and international government officials and experts.