The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the UNFCCC, is the international community’s guiding treaty for international climate action. The signatories to the treaty meet every year in an event known as the Conference of the Parties, or COP. The 26th meeting was originally to be held in November 2020. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, COP26 was postponed by a year, and will now be held November 1st to 12th, 2021 in Glasgow, UK.
2020 was supposed to be the ‘year of climate action’ but the postponement of COP26 until November 2021, has given countries an opportunity to begin recovery from the corona crisis and return renewed focus on climate action in the next year. However, we have to make sure our leaders feel the pressure to use this extra time well and increase their ambitions. The climate crisis isn’t waiting for us, and it’s more important than ever that we double down on our commitments, roll up our sleeves, and get to work as a global community.