The overview schedule for the COP26 which is to be held in Glasgow in the first two weeks of November 2021 has been released so participants can prepare for the various workshops.
‘COP’ refers to the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (‘UNFCCC’), which is the peak decision-making body for the world’s climate change commitments.
The ‘26’ signifies that this is the 26th Conference of the Parties. They usually happen annually, though COP26 was delayed by a year due to COVID19.
Basically, COP26 will be a 2 week-long series of conferences, talks and discussions between global leaders to discuss their climate commitments and work out ways for coordinating efforts to combat climate change. Representatives from local governments, NGOs and media will also be attending although Covid19 travel restrictions may cause many plans to change.
The stand out in the schedule is how many times the word “gender” appears. Indeed one could believe that gender was just as important as climate. Indigenous communities and developing nations get a good mention too. Then there are some real outliers such as “fashion and climate” and “sport and climate”. A “Just Economy” also features.
Maybe the world isn’t really warming and they have had to fluff out the agenda to seem relevant? Or maybe it’s not really about science at all.
I’m unable to determine who will be attending officially from Australia.
Last time I was in Glasgow in late autumn it was bitterly cold and windy. The pubs and the people were warm and friendly though.
PS. The BOM have released Australia’s temperature statement for 2020-2021. Note that even though most of the continent in physical size has warmed less than 1.0C when averaged out by the BOM we are recorded as being 1.01°C warmer than the 1961–1990 average for Australia as a whole.