Glasgow COP26

31 October - 12 November 2021

Scotland was proud to welcome the world’s biggest summit on climate change to Glasgow in October and November 2021- the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26).

Climate change remains the greatest challenge facing this planet. COP26 brought together heads of state, climate experts and negotiators to agree coordinated action to tackle the global climate emergency.


Event info

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31 October - 12 November 2021
Scottish Events Campus (SEC)
Glasgow, UK

‘COP’ stands for ‘Conference of Parties’ which means meeting of nations. It happens every year and almost every nation in the world attends making it the largest conference of its kind.

COP26 was the 26th United Nations Climate Change conference.

In November 2021, COP26 brought together people from around the world, including heads of state, climate experts, business leaders, activists and negotiators, in an effort to agree global action to tackle the climate emergency. 

You can discover the full range of digital events that took place during COP on our past events tab and check out the recordings. The Scottish Enterprise website also provides further information on the business and economy related events that took place during the conference.  

Scotland is committed to tackling climate change and nature loss in a way that is just and fair. Now is the moment for us all to go a step further, doing everything we can to help reach our target of net zero emissions by 2045. Read more about what Scotland is doing, and what you can do.

Visit the COP26 website for more information about the conference.



COP26 Past Events

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11 November 2021

Scotland's Race to Zero

14:00 - 17:00
Webinar Online

This inspiring flagship event at COP shined a spotlight on the Race to Zero campaign, covering its successes and demonstrating to the world the capabilities

06 November 2021

Achieving a Just Transition for Rural Scotland

14:00 - 16:00
Webinar Online

This panel debate on the route to net zero focused specifically on the implications, challenges and benefits for those living and/or working rurally.

01 November 2021
- 12 November 2021

Scottish Enterprise and partners at Scotland's Climate Ambition Zone

Webinar Online

Scottish Enterprise and partners ran an exciting series of virtual events during the UN Climate Change Conference COP26 from 1 to 11 November 2021.


COP26 in Scotland: Learn More

Did you know that COP, the decision making body of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, began in 1995 with the first summit in Berlin?

This annual summit on climate change sees countries of the world come together to agree on commitments to tackle the global climate emergency.

Since 1995, COP milestones have included the Kyoto protocol, an international treaty which commits governments to reducing greenhouse emissions, and the Paris Agreement, which in 2016 saw attendees commit to a shared goal; to keep global warming to below 2, ideally 1.5 degrees Celsius.


Ways to Get involved

Get involved by registering for virtual events happening across Scotland, watch the recordings from past events and sign up for our newsletter.