COP26 - The UN comes to the UK this November


The 2020 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26, will be held in Glasgow from 9 to 19 November 2020 under the presidency of the UK government.

COP26 is set to be very significant. It is the deadline year for countries to update their climate plans and determine their Nationally Determined Contributions in line with the 2015 Paris Agreement (where 195 countries agreed to limit global warming to 2°C, and pursue limiting warming to 1.5°C).

For the Paris Agreement to be adhered to, countries will need to commit to stringent policies at COP26 next November – policies which will forge the way for the unprecedented global decarbonisation necessary to prevent the likely global average temperature increase of 3 to 4 degrees.

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The UK must play a leading role

It is a key opportunity for the UK to use its diplomatic and technological expertise to act decisively and effectively in managing climate risk – from both a mitigation and adaptation perspective.

The stance and commitment of the UK government in its role as host is essential to advancing the negotiations at COP26; as the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) notes, “a large part of the success of the Paris talks in 2015 reflected work put in prior to the conference”.

Part of the UK’s diplomatic efforts in hosting COP26 will be leadership by example in the UK’s actions, backing up the 2050 Net Zero target with the credible pathways and policies to deliver it.

United Nations Climate Change Council LogoCan you aid the success of COP26?

There is huge potential for real change if the UK government uses this year to lay out a substantive and ambitious plan for the UK to reach the Net Zero target it set in June 2019, and if MPs use this year to advocate on a cross-party basis for further climate action both domestically and internationally.

This will only happen if every MP is hearing from supportive constituents who are communicating this potential and are committed to working collaboratively with their MP at a local level.

Hope for the Future is a charity which was originally set up by a group of churches in Yorkshire ahead of the 2015 general election  - with the aim of helping churches respond to climate change by taking effective political action.

This year Hope for the Future is trying to find church members in all 650 constituencies who are willing to meet with their MP about COP26 and what they can do in a Parliamentary capacity to support the success of these talks.

Hope for the Future offers support throughout the process – from securing a meeting with your MP, to preparing for the meeting and following-up afterwards. A COP26 resource guide is available on the Hope for the Future website ( 

So far Hope for the Future has contacts in just 50 constituencies. Could you act as the contact within your constituency? Drop an email to and Rachel will reply with more information.

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