| 11.6°C Belfast

Key themes to be explored on different days at Cop26 climate conference

It comes after UK Government advisers warned it must rapidly step up climate action.


Cop26 President Alok Sharma (Russell Cheyne/PA)

Cop26 President Alok Sharma (Russell Cheyne/PA)

Cop26 President Alok Sharma (Russell Cheyne/PA)

Key themes in the Cop26 climate summit will be explored on different days, a new timetable for the United Nations conference shows.

After kicking off with the World Leaders Summit on November 1 and 2, each day will focus on a different theme, beginning with finance, energy and then youth and public empowerment, throughout the two-week event in Glasgow.

Others include discussions on cities of the future, zero-emission transport and protecting nature, to ensuring the inclusion of women, girls and young people is at the centre of climate action, said Cop26.

Published on Wednesday, the timetable, called the UK’s Presidency Programme, “will run alongside the formal negotiations which sit at the heart of the UN summit and will focus on closing off the outstanding aspects of the Paris Agreement”, it added.

Cop26 President Alok Sharma said: “The Cop26 summit in Glasgow is our best hope of safeguarding the planet for everyone, building a brighter future and keeping the 1.5C target alive.

“I have been pleased to see progress and momentum on the four key goals I have been taking to governments across the world and the presidency programme will continue this throughout the two weeks of the summit.

“From finance to energy and gender to adaptation, these are vital issues that need to be addressed to make Cop26 inclusive and successful.”

The four main goals of Cop26 are: “Secure global net-zero by mid-century and keep 1.5C degrees within reach; adapt to protect communities and natural habitats; mobilise finance, and work together to deliver.”

A detailed programme and negotiations schedule is set to be published within the coming months.

It comes after advisers to the UK Government warned it must rapidly step up action on climate change or risk undermining “global Britain” and success at the Cop26 talks.

Policies are urgently needed to make homes cosier and heated with clean heat pumps, ensure new houses are energy-efficient and can cope with heatwaves, drive the shift to electric vehicles, and encourage people to eat less meat.

They are just some of 200 recommendations from the advisory Climate Change Committee, which warns the UK Government is not delivering on the ambitious targets it has set to tackle global warming.

Its latest progress reports to Parliament last month – one on reducing emissions and one on adapting to climate change – show the UK is off track to meet commitments made under the global Paris climate deal to cut emissions by 2030 and legal carbon-cutting targets for the late 2020s and 2030s.

Daily Headlines & Evening Telegraph Newsletter

Receive today's headlines directly to your inbox every morning and evening, with our free daily newsletter.

This field is required

Top Videos