A message from the Scottish Government at the start of COP26

Scotland is proud to welcome the world’s biggest summit on climate change to Glasgow – the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26). Climate change remains the greatest challenge facing this planet, and COP26 is one of our best chances to address it, bringing together heads of state, climate experts and negotiators to agree on coordinated action to tackle the global climate emergency.

Over the next 12 days governments, youth groups, civil society, academia, artists, business from across the UK and all over the world will be hosting talks, events, workshops, exhibitions and much more.

Today our highlights include:

– A great scene setting event led by WWF at the WWF Panda Pavilion on the role of states and regions in achieving 1.5C.
– The opening of Scotland’s Climate Ambition Zone at the Lighthouse with events like Glasgow’s Climate Dialogue welcoming Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland and Vanessa Nakate, climate justice activist.
– The Green Zone event programme launching with event’s like the Global Citizen’s Assembly.
– Enlightening events in the Nordic Pavilion and Cryosphere Pavilion including the official opening, making sport more sustainable and climate tech collaboration.

To make COP as accessible as possible, a large number of events will be available online. Join us in discovering how together we can go further and faster toward a net zero transition.

1 November sessions to look out for

Welcome to the party: the role of states & Regions in achieving 1.5C
Monday 1 November: 11: 00 -11:45am
Opening Scotland’s Climate Ambition Zone, join WWF for their scene setting event with Michael Matheson MSP, Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport and Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, former Environment Minister of Peru and COP20 President in Lima, Champion of the Marrakech Partnership and Global Leader of Climate & Energy at WWF.

The Glasgow Climate Dialogues: Elevating the Voice of the Global South (Glasgow Climate Dialogue Task Force)
Monday 1 November: 13: 30 -15:00
This event presents the outcomes of the Glasgow Climate Dialogues hosted by the Scottish Government and Stop Climate Chaos Scotland

Exploring action and ambition to make sport more sustainable
Monday 1 November: 10:10 – 11:00
Join us in the Nordic Pavillion for this great session showcasing best practice examples of actions that Scottish and Nordic sport are taking to tackle the climate crisis. This will be followed by a panel discussion on the civic responsibility of sport and clubs that are rooted in their local communities, and government’s role in supporting sport sustainability.

Moderator: Claire Poole, CEO and Founder of Sport Positive
– Maree Todd MSP – Scottish Government Minister for Public Health, Women’s Health and Sport
– Philip Russell – The R&A, Assistant Director of Sustainability
– Rune Arctander – Norwegian Sports Federation, Head of International Development Cooperation
– Morten Thorsby – We Play Green, Founder

How to deliver a climate-tech collaboration programme across ten countries
Monday 1 November, 16:00 – 17:00
This event in the Nordic Pavillion will explore the ground-breaking CivTech Alliance COP26 Global Scale-up Programme: what happens when you bring together 8 governments and 3 academic/not-for-profit institutions across 10 countries to provide a unique access programme for climate tech companies in the run up to, and during, COP26. Hear from key contributors from the participants and what governments can learn from cross-sectoral collaboration. explored wastage and decarbonisation for fast-growth companies with global ambitions to solve.

– Kate Forbes MSP – Scottish Government Secretary for Economy and Finance
– Alexander Holt – CivTech, Scottish Government
– Mie Weile – Technical University of Denmark
– Nima Tisdall – Christine Hebert, Blue Lobster

50×30 Analysis: Scotland
Monday 1 November, 13:00 – 14:00
In the Cryosphere Pavilion, Environment Minister Mairi McAllan will join researcher from Climate Analytics and experts from the International Cryosphere Climate Initiative to talk about Scotland’s Nationally Determined Contribution and announce that Scotland will join the 50 x 30 coalition, an alliance between emissions research institutions and governments to reduce emissions by 50% by 2030.

Official opening
Monday 1 November, 16:00
Join us for the official opening of the Cryosphere Pavilion with Finance Minister of Scotland, President of Switzerland and Science Minister of Chile.