Who can attend COP26?

There are three categories of attendees permitted to attend COP26. 

These are representatives of Parties to the Convention and Observer States, members of the press and media, and representatives of observer organisations.

I’m a member of the public, how can I get involved?

As a member of the public, there will be a variety of ways to get involved in COP26

By attending as a representative of an observer organisation:

Certain NGOs (non-governmental organisations) and IGOs (inter-governmental organisations) have observer status to attend COP26. 

More information on which organisations are permitted observer status can be found on the UNFCCC website here.

Through volunteering: 

A team of host city volunteers will be recruited to contribute to the event’s success. The programme will provide a unique opportunity for friendly, enthusiastic people with a passion for climate change to play their part and represent their country to the rest of the world. Find out more about the volunteering opportunities available, and how to register your interest here.

You can also get involved by exhibiting, performing or hosting an event within the two week programme.

The public will be able to register for tickets for the Green Zone through an online platform that will be launched closer to the event. These will be free-of-charge. The platform launch will be communicated via our digital channels including the newsletter and social media.

I want to exhibit, perform, or host an event at COP26. How do I get involved?

We have now closed our Expression of Interest process for individuals, organisations and businesses to put forward proposals to get involved at COP26 within the UK Government managed spaces. We hope to advise on the outcome of this process in May 2021.

The booking portal for accredited delegations to book pavilion and office space at COP26 has now opened and will close on the 2nd July 2021. Details on how to access the portal have been sent to the focal points for all delegations. If you require any further information, please email COP26@orientations.team

UNFCCC observer organizations admitted by the COP are also able to apply for side event and virtual exhibits through the UNFCCC portal between 29 June and 2 July. More details are available on the UNFCCC’s web page on COP26 and information on the eligibility and selection criteria for side events and exhibits can be found on the UNFCCC’s (SEORS) web page.

I am a business, civil society organisation, youth organisation, city, local government etc. How else can I get involved?

In the build up to COP26

We are encouraging all organisations to get involved in key moments in the build up to COP26 including: UNFCCC regional climate weeks throughout the year; Climate Week NYC in September; the Pre-COP and Youth4Climate event in Italy in September, the 16th UN Conference of Youth on 28th – 30th October and to support the G20 in October. 

Announcements, side events, thought leadership, advocacy (in line with the four COP goals) around these events are all welcome. We regularly support ambitious action through our official Twitter and LinkedIn channels. 

Organisations in the UK can also support our Together for our Planet public communications campaign. This is designed to build awareness, understanding, support and pride in COP26 across the UK. A toolkit is available here. The public and organisations, including businesses, can nominate a #OneStepGreener Ambassador – the extraordinary, everyday, people who are going above and beyond for the climate. #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. The competition runs until late September.

At COP26

We ran an Expression of Interest process earlier this year inviting creative proposals for events or exhibitions within the UK Government managed spaces at COP26. We received a huge number of fantastic ideas and proposals. The outcome of the EOI process was shared with applicants directly in May 2021. We have now begun notifying organisations of the outcome of the final selection. 

Other countries and accredited ‘observer’ organisations (a range of non governmental and international organisations) will be able to bring their own delegations and many have applied to run side events and have pavilion space in the blue zone.

We are encouraging organisations to collaborate with those observer organisations or parties they have strong links to. You can find details of observer organisations here and focal points for countries here and we will share details of confirmed country and observer pavilions in due course. Observer organisations must submit delegations to the UNFCCC by the end of August. 

You can also get in touch with the focal points of the UNFCCC constituency groups to discuss participation. Organisations will be able to register for tickets for the Green Zone through an online platform that will be launched closer to the event. These will be free-of-charge. The platform launch will be communicated via our digital channels including the newsletter and social media.

Around Glasgow during COP26

As proud host of COP26, Glasgow is keen to support organisations who wish to have their voices heard and show their action around tackling climate change. The city is curating a programme of events and more information will be added here.

Further information

Local Authorities and local communities are able to draw inspiration from our online toolkit, which provides information, resources and ideas on additional ways to get involved ahead of COP26.

If you are a business and have further questions or want to let us know what you are planning, please contact us at cop26business@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

I am an interpreter/comms expert, how can I be involved in COP26?

Full time members of the UN interpreter’s cadre provide official interpretation at the COP, and the UN will not be recruiting specifically for the event. 

However, we are aware that individual delegations do sometimes hire interpreters to assist during smaller meetings and events. 

You may wish to look out for these opportunities or contact the relevant Embassy in the UK to offer your services.

I am a commercial supplier interested in providing goods or services for COP26. How can I register my interest?

All upcoming UK Government contracts will be advertised on Contracts Finder and Public Contracts Scotland. Suppliers can register with these sites and set up email alerts to see all services the UK Government needs.

How can my business show climate leadership?

We’re inviting businesses, large and small, and from every corner of the world to join us in 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.

Joining the Race to Zero, through its partner initiatives, will result in the following benefits:

  • Your business action being recognised as credible and science-based
  • Joining a community of members spanning regions and sectors with whom to share best practices
  • Accessing powerful communications material in the run up to COP26
  • Playing a role in the most decisive year of climate action
  • Receiving support every step of the way

Visit the Race to Zero website for more information and become the next company to join the Race ahead of COP26.