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Climate NI – COP26 Update May 2021

For the first time, the UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 1 – 12 November 2021. The climate talks will be the biggest international summit the UK has ever hosted, bringing together heads of state, climate experts, young people, civic society and more to agree coordinated action to tackle climate change.

How to get involved

NI local government can join the Race to Zero

Local councils from every corner of the UK are being encouraged to join the #RacetoZero. Race to Zero is a global initiative, backed by science–based targets, to commit businesses, cities, regions, investors and universities to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 at the very latest.

While there is lots of good work going on in local government to address climate change and take action, currently there are no NI cities or towns signed up to the Race to Zero.

In the lead up to COP26, it would be a significant milestone in NI’s climate action story to have at least one, if not more, of our local councils sign up to the Race to Zero. Councils are invited to contact: Deadline 2020Science Based Targets for Cities and ICLEI– Local Governments for Sustainability for more information.

Share your action

Make your action count and inspire others to do their bit by sharing what you are doing using #TogetherForOurPlanet on all social media platforms and joining others through the Count Us In campaign.

MyNI’s NI Climate Action Campaign

The Northern Ireland Climate Action campaign encourages us all to make some positive environmental behaviour changes in the run up to COP26. Throughout 2021, MyNI will be supporting people all over Northern Ireland to get the most out of Northern Ireland Climate Action and to make a ‘Change for Nature’. Find out more about MyNI’s NI Climate Action Campaign here.

What is COP26?

For the first time, the UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 1–12 November 2021. The climate talks will be the biggest international summit the UK has ever hosted, bringing together heads of state, climate experts, young people, civic society and more to agree coordinated action to tackle climate change. 

The Climate Change Conference of the Parties is an annual event, and COP refers to the decision–making body of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

At the COP in 2015, in Paris, world leaders committed to the historic agreement to tackle climate change. Six years on at the 26th summit, the UK will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. 

For more information about COP26 visit https://ukcop26.org/

Sign up to the COP26 newsletter here https://bit.ly/37dbz0R 

Northern Ireland and COP26

As a devolved nation, Northern Ireland comes under the UK umbrella for COP26. Climate negotiations and global campaign activity are led by the UK Government on a national level. However, there are opportunities for Northern Ireland to get involved in advance of COP26 and at the event.