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The 2021 UN Climate Change Conference - COP26

The 2021 edition of the United Nations Climate Change Conference - also known as COP26 - takes place in Glasgow, United Kingdom, from 31 October to 12 November. The event brings countries together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. As in previous years, GWP will be active at the COP to bring water insights to the climate agenda.

For nearly three decades the UN has been bringing together almost every country for global climate summits – called COPs – which stands for ‘Conference of the Parties.’ In that time climate change has gone from being a fringe issue to a global priority. This year will be the 26th annual summit – giving it the name COP26. With the UK as incoming President, COP26 takes place in Glasgow

GWP at COP26

GWP is an accredited intergovernmental organisation (IGO) observer, which means it has been admitted by the Conference of the Parties as observers to the UNFCCC, and can nominate delegates to take part in the conference. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, COP26 is organised in a hybrid format, which means that many events will be both physical and online.  Please note that changes may still occur in the below listed activities. All times are GMT.

1 November 

GWP is a strong leading partner in the collective effort of the COP26 Water Pavilion. An opening ceremony takes place at 08:30-09:30. Many activities are arranged in this space throughout the COP.

At 14:00-15:00 GWP will speak at the FCDO Adaptation Action Coalition event at the Pavilion.

At 17:30-18:30 “Water action as answer to climate change—collaborative action for resilience," with UN Water and the WMO Water and Climate Coalition of which GWP is a member of both.

2 November

"Towards an International High-Level Panel on Water Investments for Africa" will take place in the Water Pavilion at 11:35-12:30.

Also today, regional GWP voices will be heard and ground-level experience shared in an event on "Mobilising Corporate Finance on Water and Climate" at 16:00-17:00. This event is led by GWP South America.

Water and Climate Coalition Leaders Briefing “Committing to an Integrated Global Water and Climate Agenda” at 11:00-12:00, place TBC.

4 November

At 13:00, Senior Water & Climate Resilience Specialist Anjali Lohani will be participating in a GCA and OECD event entitled “Resilient Policies: Leveraging Water for National Climate Planning in the Resilience Hub.”

Then, GWP Senior Water & Climate Specialist Valentin Aich speaks at WMO’s "Water Action is the Best Answer to Climate Change — Collaborative Action for Resilience” in the Science Pavilion at 18:00-19:00.

5 November

GWP will be represented in “Moving Towards Digital Inclusion” in the Water Pavilion at 7:30-8:30, organised by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI).

GWP is curating this day dedicated to Youth and Civil Society voices in the Water Pavilion:

"Exploring the multi-dimensional impact of youth in the water and climate nexus" at 14:30–15:30.

"Enhancing Climate Resilience by Building the Capacity of Youth in Water" at 19:00. Registration page

6 November

GWP will be involved in discussions on the 6th about the climate resilient WASH framework developed jointly with UNICEF at the Pavilion from 09:00-11:30.

The UK Government, GWP, and the World Water Council come together in an official UNFCCC Side Event from 16:45-18:00 to discuss with Ministers about “Building progress from complex ingredients: Climate, water, finance with a special focus on Africa.” (Lomond Auditorium) 

8 November

A GWP Water ChangeMakers event will showcase the climate learning from the six winners of the competition at 11:30-12:30 at the Water Pavilion.

GWP will also be associated with the on-site launch of WMO’s 2021 State of Climate Services report on Water in their Pavilion at 14:30-16:00.

9 November

GWP Central Africa co-hosts an event with IMWI at the Water Pavilion: “Securing a good harvest: gender, climate, and food in Cameroon ” at 14:45-15:30.

10 November

At the Water Pavilion at 10:00-10:45: "Project for the integration of climate change adaptation measures in the integrated management of water resources in the coastal sedimentary basin of Congo" with GWP Congo.

GWP is part of the Water and Climate Coalition (WCC) and the GWP Chair is on the Leaders Panel. WCC events at COP 26 can be found here.