Glasgow COP 26
All UNFCCC sessions scheduled for 2020 were postponed owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
All UNFCCC sessions scheduled for 2020 were postponed owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. Acknowledging that the global health situation remains uncertain, and that there is an urgent need to advance work ahead of COP 26, the presiding officers responded to the request of the Bureau at its meetings on 21 December 2020 and 25 February 2021 and made available plans of activities in preparation for the May-June sessions of the subsidiary bodies and, ultimately, a successful COP 26 in November 2021. In updating and adjusting these plans of activities as lessons are learned and as COVID-19-related circumstances change, the presiding officers will continue to be guided by the overarching principle of maximizing progress and minimizing delay.
At its meeting on 15 April 2021, the Bureau agreed to extend the upcoming sessions of the subsidiary bodies by one week. The May-June 2021 Climate Change Conference will therefore be held, in a virtual format, from 31 May to 17 June. In the spirit of maximizing progress and minimizing delay, the Executive Secretary has prepared, in agreement with the Chairs of the subsidiary bodies, revised draft provisional agendas of the SBSTA and the SBI that include mandates from 2020 and 2021. Information related to the organization of the work and modalities for the sessions of the subsidiary bodies will be presented by the Chairs in their scenario notes.
As remote work advances, the secretariat will continue to make every effort to provide support for the effective participation of Party representatives and for coordination by the Chairs and Coordinators of groups and constituencies.
Moreover, the High-Level Champions will continue to accelerate immediate action and promote higher ambition to collectively strive for the 1.5 °C temperature goal and a climate-neutral and resilient world. Information on the work and vision of the Champions can be found on the 2020 Yearbook of Global Climate Action, in particular the state of climate action closing the pre-2020 period and their reflections on the futureof the of the Marrakech Partnership.
Dates of activities of the presiding officers and the high-level champions can be found on Climate Hub 360 and on the governing and subsidiary body calendar of activities.