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.

Read on to learn about how women impact and are impacted by the climate crisis, and why it is crucial to have female voices at the forefront of decision-making. Read more
The Youth 7 is summit organised for people aged 18 to 30 years old to come together to discuss and negotiate topics on behalf of young people from the respective G7 countries. Read more
This article explains the suggested time frames at COP26 for countries for submitting and enforcing their Nationally Determined Commitments in regards to climate policy. Read more
The CBDR-RC Principle recognises that countries have different duties and abilities to address the negative impacts of climate change, but all countries have an obligation to address climate change. Read more
The UNFCCC aims to mitigate the wide-ranging issues caused by the climate crisis and unite global governments to find workable solutions. Read more
The Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impacts (WIM) sets out to address the devastating effects the climate crisis is having on vulnerable developing nations. Read more
The Paris Agreement under Article 14 outlines an evaluation process known as the Global Stocktake (GST). This assesses in a comprehensive and facilitative manner the collective advance, gaps and challenges in mitigation, adaptation and the means of implementation and support, taking into account current science and the aspect of equity. Read more
An interview with James Ellsmoor, an expert on sustainable development in Small Island Developing States (SIDS). He provides an introduction to the unique challenges that SIDS face under the climate crisis. He also discusses the important role that SIDS could play in driving climate action at COP26. Read more
An overview of major international policies enacted to support the sustainable development of SIDS. Read more
Subsidiary Bodies are committees that assist the Conference of the Parties Read more