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 12:30-13:30 and many activities are arranged in this space throughout the COP.

2 November

"Towards an International High-Level Panel on Water Investments for Africa" will take place in the Water Pavilion. Also today, regional GWP voices will be heard and ground-level experience shared in an event on "Mobilising Corporate Finance on Water and Climate. " This event is led by GWP South America (timing to be confirmed).

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

In addition, GWP will be represented in an event on “Moving Towards Digital Inclusion” in the Water Pavilion at 7:30-8:30, organised by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). GWP action on youth for water and climate is also spotlighted in the Water Pavilion at 14:30-15:30.

6 November

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.” GWP will also be involved in discussions on the 6th about the climate resilient WASH framework developed jointly with UNICEF.

8 November

A GWP Water ChangeMakers event will showcase the climate learning from the six winners of the competition at 11:30-12:30. 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 at the Water Pavilion: “Empowering Women Across the Water-Food-Climate Nexus” at 14:45-15:30.

11 November

GWP will be represented at an event organised by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on "Building a Sustainable and Resilient Blue Economy in Cities", taking place at 14:45-15:30.