The UK and Italy are the favourites to jointly host the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) from 9 to 19 November 2020. The COP is the supreme decision-making body of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Italy would host preparatory events and a significant ‘youth event’, in recognition of the disproportionate impact that climate change will have on young people.
The proposed venue for the main conference will be Glasgow’s Scottish Events Campus. Up to 30,000 delegates are expected to attend the conference. Former energy minister Claire Perry is the UK-nominated president of COP26.
All States that are Parties to the Convention are represented at the COP, at which they review the implementation of the Convention and any other legal instruments that the COP adopts and take decisions necessary to promote the effective implementation of the Convention, including institutional and administrative arrangements.