The presidency programme for COP26 showcased momentum from the whole of society, and focused on key issues to drive ambition and action.

In November, the UK, together with our partners Italy, hosted the 26th UN Climate Change Conference. The Glasgow COP was the culmination of work by the UK Presidency over the course of 2020 and 2021.

Progressing the negotiations was at the heart of the summit. Running alongside the negotiations, the UK Presidency held events that:

  • accelerated urgent action to secure global net zero by mid-century and keep 1.5°C within reach
  • helped communities and natural habitats to adapt to the impacts of climate change 
  • demonstrated that public and private finance is being mobilised for the climate; and brought countries, businesses, civil society, and citizens together to deliver on the Paris Agreement.

All Presidency events were webcast on the UNFCCC website. You can access the webcast via the UNFCCC’s conference landing page.

Accredited COP26 delegates are also able to re-watch events on-demand via the COP26 Platform.

Week One

Week One
October 31st
November 1st
November 2nd
November 3rd
November 4th
November 5th
November 6th
Procedural Opening of Negotiations

World Leader’s Summit
Welcoming world leaders to COP to put forward high level ambition and action towards securing global net zero and keeping 1.5 degrees in reach; adapting to protect communities and natural habitats; and mobilising finance.
Mobilising public and private finance flows at scale for mitigation and adaptation.
Accelerating the global transition to clean energy.
Youth and public empowerment
Elevating the voice of young people and demonstrating the critical role of public empowerment and education in climate action.
Ensuring the importance of nature and sustainable land use are part of global action on climate change and a clean, green recovery.

Week Two

Week Two
November 7th
November 8th
November 9th
November 10th
November 11th
November 12th
November 13th
Rest day ahead of the second week of negotiations

Adaptation, Loss and Damage
Delivering the practical solutions needed to adapt to climate impacts and address loss and damage.
Progressing gender equality and the full and meaningful participation of women and girls in climate action.

Science and Innovation
Demonstrating that science and innovation can deliver climate solutions to meet, and accelerate, increased ambition.
Driving the global transition to zero emission transport.
Cities, Regions and Built Environment
Advancing action in the places we live, from communities, through to cities and regions.
Closure of Negotiations

View the full Presidency Programme for COP26

UK Presidency Pavilion at COP26

The UK Presidency Pavilion at COP26 supported the longstanding goals of the UK’s COP26 Presidency, as well as celebrated and shared the lessons of UK climate leadership and successes.

UK Pavilion events were live streamed on the UK Government YouTube.

View the UK Presidency Pavilion at COP26 Event Programme