The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26, is the 26th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It will take place in Glasgow, Scotland, from 31 October to 12 November 2021, under the presidency of the United Kingdom.

While the Blue Zone at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) will host the official negotiations and side events restricted to country delegates and admitted observers, a Green Zone has been set up at the Glasgow Science Centre, which will be open to the public via a ticketing system.

The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) community will be present through the negotiations, side events and engagements outside the official COP26 events over the two weeks to promote the role of Earth observations in providing actionable information for climate adaptation and mitigation.

In addition to the in-person meetings, a Space & Geospatial Virtual Pavilion organised by the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) in collaboration with more than 30 other partners, will explore the role of innovation, inclusive growth, and collaboration in supporting the climate emergency and meeting Net Zero targets using the power of place.

A selection of the key EO-related events at COP26 can be found below. This list will be continuously updated as more information becomes available, including livestream links to follow the events remotely whenever possible.

The GEO Secretariat will be represented during the two weeks by Sara Venturini (Climate Coordinator), Diana Mastracci (GEO Indigenous Alliance) and Steven Ramage (Chief Engagement Officer). We will be working closely with UK GEO, GEO Associates and Participating Organisations, as well with as the UNFCCC Secretariat and other COP26 organisers.

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  • SLYCAN Trust / Scaling Up Capacities and Support for Climate and Disaster Risk Finance for Resilient Livelihoods and Societies (Blue Zone, PCCB Capacity-Building Hub, 13:30-14:30 GMT)
  • UNFCCC Secretariat / Global Open NAP Event at COP 26: An independent measure of adaptation and resilience (Blue Zone, Room tbc, 19:00-21:00 GMT)

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Useful links

This article was first published by the Group on Earth Observations. You can view the original article on the Group on Earth Observations website.

Dr. James Thornton (Mountain Research Initiative and GEO Mountains) will be participating in a session on 'Earth observations for monitoring climate change impacts in mountain regions' on Wednesday 3 November as part of the COP26 Geneva Cryosphere Hub (GeCryoHub). 

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