It's time for BOLD ACTION
In this decade of climate action, businesses and governments need to step up and steer humanity away from the brink of irreversible shifts in our climate system.
Although every action from individuals is significant and necessary, the onus of limiting global warming rests on the shoulder of governments and organisations.
What will happen at COP26 will ultimately showcase leadership and bold action - or short-termism and short-sighted views on how to govern a prosperous business or country.
The landmark IPCC report released in September has confirmed the need for a drastic change of direction if we wish to avoid temperatures rising above 1.5 ºC. The planet is already 1.1ºC hotter - our window of opportunity is closing rapidly.
The discussions and negotiations that will happen in this forum will tell the world what to expect for the future of humanity.
COP26 will be a key landmark in the fight against climate change. The time to act is now. The world needs leadership, bold action and a just climate transition.
Businesses in every part of the world will feel the repercussions of COP26 - we're all in this together. Our expert team will follow closely the debates and share with you key topics, emerging trends and expert insights before, during and after the conference has ended.
Bookmark this page for insight pieces, executive summaries and daily wrap-ups on everything COP26.
What is COP26
COP stands for "Conference of the Parties", it's an annual conference of world leaders that negotiate actions to fight against global warming and climate change.
The parties are the now 197 States that signed up to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the UN's climate body with the mission of preventing irreparable human interference with the climate system.
COP has been meeting almost every year since 1955 and acts as a decision-making body for the UNFCCC, pushing for higher climate ambitions among States and driving action in the fight against global warming.
Why is COP26 important?
This year's COP is the first opportunity for nations to finalise their strategies in terms of emissions reductions and review the commitments made in the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement.
Under this agreement, countries agreed on limiting global warming to less than 2 ºC above pre-industrial levels, with the ambition of stopping at 1.5 ºC.
As the window of opportunity to remain under the 1.5 ºC threshold shortens, bold action from member states will be key if we wish to avoid dangerous and possibly irreparable consequences on Earth's climate system.
We get that change is not easy. But we must be brave, challenge old ways, set new habits, embrace new thinking.
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