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Climate NI – COP26 Update August 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.

One Step Greener

In the lead up to COP26 we will be working with 26 #OneStepGreener Ambassadors; the extraordinary, everyday, people who are going above and beyond for the climate. #OneStepGreener Ambassadors symbolise the very best in UK climate leadership and will inspire the public to follow in their footsteps ahead of COP26.

Our #OneStepGreener Ambassadors will become the voice of the UK public on climate change and will work closely with the government in the lead up to COP26. See the #OneStepGreener page for more information on how to apply.

COP26 Presidency Programme

The Presidency Programme for COP26 will showcase momentum from the whole of society, and focus on key issues to drive ambition and action.

Key cross–cutting elements such as science and inclusivity will be incorporated throughout, and we will ensure that a balance of mitigation, adaptation and finance runs through the whole COP26 programme. Find out more on the Presidency Programme here.

Earlier this year the Expression of Interest (EOI) mechanism was opened to organisations who wished to participate at COP. Many more requests were received than there were available spaces. Applicants are currently being contacted about the results of this process, with some already finding out if they have been successful or not. It is hoped that the full list of successful candidates will be released in the coming weeks.

COP26 Schools Pack

In the run–up to COP26, people across the country are playing their part to tackle climate change. To help schools get involved a COP26 schools pack has been developed.

The pack has been made for teachers and schools to help get pupils involved. It is filled with ideas and tools designed to help schools be a part of the growing green momentum.

You’ll find everything you need to take part in the Resources section, including inspiring educational activities students will love. Help them take part and watch them grow as Climate Leaders.

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.

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.

Under2Coalition

Northern Ireland has been formally accepted to join the Under2Coalition. This is a global community of state and regional governments committed to ambitious action in line with the Paris Agreement. The Coalition now represents 1.75 billion people around the world and 50% of the global economy. By joining we are committing to keeping global temperature rises to well below 2C with efforts to reach 1.5C.

The coalition helps members by providing technical support and resources to assist governments to develop long–term emissions reduction plans, sharing policy innovation and success to accelerate the transition to a net zero economy and increasing accountability by encouraging state and regional governments to disclose their climate targets, action and progress.

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/

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