In 1994 Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change decided to meet annually to discuss matters related to climate change. This annual meeting became known through the Convention as the Conference of the Parties (COP). This year’s COP, COP 26, will be held in Glasgow, UK, between 1st and 12th November.

In this section you will find articles related to the history of COP, the development of international treaties, Parties’ ambitious commitments in relation to climate change, and focus pieces on what to expect in the upcoming COP.

In this interview ClimaTalk spoke with Sonia Roschnik and Anna Fuhrmann, from Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) to discuss projects surrounding hospitals, nurses training and the health care sector. Read more
In the run up to the next COP, the previous year’s Presidency and the incoming Presidency work together to set out a multi-layered approach to identify and test solutions to the topics at the upcoming COP. This article focuses on the outcomes of the meetings and consultations that have taken place during 2021 since COP25. The discussions have focused on six key areas, their challenges and negotiation points. Read more
There is some evidence of non-state actors engagement in climate mitigation and adaptation, but is still limited. Non-state actors are also calling on the UNFCCC to enable them to have greater involvement in climate policy and its implementation. Read more
Non-state actors may not be Parties to the UNFCCC but they still play an important role in international climate politics. The Lima-Paris Action Agenda was an important milestone to strengthen Party - non-state actors collaboration. The Marrakech Partnership institutionalises cooperation. Read more
What is MockCOP 26? Read on to find out! ClimaTalk speaks with Mock COP26 activist Kelo Uchendu about his involvement. Mock COP hopes to not only host their ministerial summit, but showcase ‘My Climate Reality’, a virtual reality project in which youth on the front lines of the climate crisis can share their stories with UN leaders during the November conference. Read more
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) publishes two annual flagship reports assessing the global advance in two of the main topics of the Paris Agreement: Mitigation and Adaptation. Both reports are coordinated by UNEP DTU Partnership with its office in Denmark, a partnership between the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). Read on for an overview of the Adaptation and the Emissions Gap Reports. Read more
Educating people about climate change is at the heart of ClimaTalk’s mission. So, what can we learn from Cindy Forde, founder of Planetari? This education platform is aligned with the UN’s sustainable development goals, equipping children with more information to understand climate change. Read on to learn more! Read more
Going to a COP? Not sure how to plan? Read on! Make sure you work out where you can access, and don’t feel shy about attending negotiations. Have the confidence to strike up conversations and network with other attendees! Read more
See how youth voices are having an impact on policy-making, for example with the G7 summit. Y7 even had confirmation from the PM that their campaigning resulted in mental health being included on the G7 communique. Read more
Mounting youth participation in policy, in 2009 the UNFCCC recognised young people as an official observer constituency called YOUNGO. YOUNGO has been a fully recognised organisation since COP17. YOUNGO currently counts over 5,500 members and 200 youth-run NGOs from around the world, including Climate Now and All for a Better Climate. Read more