The start of the "Conference of the Parties" (COP) summit in Glasgow
Today the world meets in Glasgow to mark the beginning of the COP26 Summit – bringing together over 25,000 delegates to work together to combat the impacts of climate change.
- COP26 is the world’s last, best chance to reach agreement on the action needed to avert catastrophic climate change and support those already experiencing its effects.
- The UK’s leadership is already showing key signs of progress as almost 80 per cent of the world’s economy is now covered by net zero targets, up from less than 30 per cent when the UK took on the Presidency of COP26 – we will continue to lead the way as we convene world leaders over the next two weeks.
- As the largest international summit we have ever hosted – it will be a challenge to get agreements but this is the best chance to make the changes now and lead the world in tackling climate change.