When the UK’s Conference of the Parties (COP) Presidency was confirmed in 2019, the science was clear that a path to limiting warming to 1.5°C would soon be out of reach without urgent action to reduce emissions. The challenge was significant. 

By working together, focusing on the science and by encouraging action on mitigation, adaptation and loss and damage, finance and collaboration, the historic Glasgow Climate Pact was agreed by every Party at COP26 – representing almost 200 countries.

As a result of COP26, the goal of limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C, while fragile, remained alive.

The aim of the UK COP26 Presidency was to keep alive the hope of limiting the rise in global temperature to 1.5°C, and the Glasgow Climate Pact does just that. Combined with increased ambition and action from countries, 1.5°C remains in sight, but it will only be achieved if every country delivers on what they have pledged.

Read the COP26 Presidency Outcomes