Road to COP26

For the first time, the UK will host the 26th Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 1 – 12 November 2021, in partnership with Italy.

The conference will bring together international delegations to agree coordinated action to tackling climate change and progress towards meeting the international commitments in the Paris Agreement.

The UK has identified four goals to achieve at COP26. These are mitigation, adaptation, finance and collaboration.

Further information about the conference and the goals can be found on the COP26 website

We also have an events calendar where you can find out about key dates, including conferences and summits, taking place in the lead up to COP26.

What is the LGA doing?

The LGA is engaging with the COP26 process to ensure appropriate representation of local government. A Climate Change Task Group has been established to provide strategic oversight of the LGA’s political engagement on net zero and in the lead up to the summit in November.

Our key asks of the UK COP Presidency are:

  • Local government day: A dedicated local government day will take place on 11 November, which local government in the UK should have a role in designing and participating.
  • Formal representation of local government: We ask for a dedicated chapter for subnational governments in the official agreement reached at COP26, recognising the importance of subnational actors in co-designing and delivering climate action and ensuring local government is politically and financially empowered to meet that ambition.
  • Commitment in NDCs: Commitment to empowering local government should be reflected in the updated Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).