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COP26: Stepping up climate action?
The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi G7 summit in Carbis Bay, England. Photo: Kevin Lamarque/AP/TT.

COP26: Stepping up climate action?

The pandemic forced most large international meetings to be postponed from 2020 to 2021, including the pivotal COP 26. Now, after a year and a half of lock downs and economic recession with only months left until the conference: is the world ready to step up ambition and climate action?

The starting point for the conversation is that the “2020 Year of Climate Action” has been largely moved to 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In many aspects, the pandemic has slowed climate action as it has consumed a large portion of political capacity and left the world in an economically strained state.

However, the conditions for an ambitious COP 26 are in some conerns better than last year. The U.S. has reentered the Paris Agreement, many large emitters have submitted their nationally determined contributions and the need to rebuild economies after the pandemic presents an opportunity to make a green transition. Furthermore, the hosts for COP 26 in Glasgow, the UK and Italy, are coincidingly chairing the G7 and G20 which could allow for more climate oriented summits.

What is the status of international negotiations and ambitions on climate change in the months leading up to COP 26?

Ms. Judith Gough, British Ambassador to Sweden
Mr. Vinicio Mati, Italian Ambassador to Sweden

The talk will be moderated by Dr. Elin Jakobsson, researcher at the Programme for Global Politics and Security at UI.


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