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Event: Commonwealth Secretariat at COP26

The United Nations Climate Change Conference COP26 is scheduled to be held in Glasgow from 31 October to 12 November, bringing together leaders, negotiators,  climate experts, civil society, companies and people on the frontline of climate change to adopt harmonised action for tackling the global climate crisis.

The summit will be the first COP meeting to be held since the coronavirus pandemic began, and the largest gathering of world leaders ever hosted by the United Kingdom.

Commonwealth advocacy priorities

At this significant event, the Commonwealth Secretariat will be engaging stakeholders at strategic and technical levels, with the following aims:

  • To advocate and amplify the issues, concerns and recommendations of member countries, particularly small and other vulnerable states;
  • To exchange knowledge and best practices around robust climate action;
  • To forge and strengthen partnerships and networks for collaboration;
  • To mobilise resources to support Commonwealth climate change programmes.

Advocacy priorities for the Commonwealth Secretariat include:

  • enhanced access to climate finance;
  • ocean climate action;
  • gender equality and youth engagement in the implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs); and
  • achieving an inclusive and sustainable energy transition towards carbon neutrality by mid-century.

Key Secretariat initiatives

COP26 also provides a platform to highlight key initiatives of the Secretariat such as: 

Commonwealth Pavilion at COP26

The Secretariat will be organising its first Commonwealth Pavilion at COP26 to serve as an inclusive and collaborative space for member countries and accredited organisations to meet, host side events and trainings, convene meetings and also showcase research and analytical work.

Applications for space at the Commonwealth Pavilion is now closed. 

For more information, please contact the Climate Change Section: [email protected]

Schedule – Week 1

Monday 1 November: World Leaders' Summit

11am - 12.30pm

  • CVF-Commonwealth High-Level Meeting

3pm - 4:30pm

  • Spotlighting Innovative and Transformative Youth Climate Action

5pm - 6pm

  • Climate Change Collaboration - Fiji and the United Kingdom

Tuesday 2 November: World Leaders' Summit

3pm - 4:30pm

  • Perspectives on the GCF Accreditation Journey of Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica and Grenada

5pm - 6pm

  • Sugar and Sustainability

Wednesday 3 November: Finance

9am - 10:30am

  • Inclusive Ocean Acidification Action – Science to Society

11am - 12:30pm

  • Attracting Clean Energy Investment in Small Island Developing States (SIDS): Investor Roundtable

1pm - 2:30pm

  • Accelerating solutions for post CoP26: financing ocean resilience as a priority for climate action     

3pm - 4.30pm

  • Commonwealth Call to Action on Living Lands

5pm - 6:30pm

  • Financial policy shifts to achieve the Paris Agreement with a focus on carbon pricing and the circular economy

Thursday 4 November: Energy

9am - 10:30am

  • Translating Ambition into Action – support Required by SIDS

11am - 12:30pm

  • CCFAH: Strengthening the Climate Finance Loop for Effective NDC Implementation

1pm - 2:30pm

  • Taking Action to Advance Urban Resilience in SIDS

3pm - 4.30pm

  • Corals and climate; global, national and local approaches (tackling the problems through local, national and global actions)

5pm - 6pm

  • Unlocking green energy: hydrogen and green ammonia projects in the Kharas region

Friday 5 November: Youth and Public Empowerment

9am - 10:30am

  • Harnessing the energy and blue power of Commonwealth Youth: CSET children's book presenation

11am - 12:30pm

  • Climate Public Expenditure and Institutional Review (CPEIR) from the Kingdom of Eswatini and The Private Sector Engagement Strategy in NDC Actions

1pm - 2.30pm

  • Commonwealth Intergenerational Dialogue on Climate Change

3pm - 4.30pm

  • Antigua and Barbuda: Transitioning to the Blue Economy

Saturday 6 November: Nature

9am - 10:30am

  • The vital role of mangroves for climate change mitigation and adaptation

11am - 12:30pm

  • Namibia’s ambition for carbon neutrality by 2030

1pm - 2:30pm

  • What Next for Youth Engagement? Mainstreaming  Youth in Climate Policy post-COP

3pm - 4.30pm

  • Achieving climate, land and biodiversity targets through global partnerships and financing

Schedule – Week 2

Monday 8 November: Adaptation, Loss and Damage

9am - 10:30pm

  • Raising ambition at COP26 to deliver SDG14.3: to minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification Lead: International Alliance to Combat Ocean Acidification

11am - 12pm

  • Blue Carbon Conservation and Restoration in Action: Examples from the Commonwealth

12:30pm - 2pm

  • Smallholder Digital Climate Advisory Services: Policy Implications for Data Infrastructure

2.30pm - 4pm

  • How can Commonwealth countries accelerate action to reduce methane emissions in the petroleum sector

Tuesday 9 November: Gender, Science and Innovation

9am - 10:30pm

  • Leveraging the use of geospatial information technology and satellite data for improved climate resilience and disaster risk management

11am - 12pm

  • Mobilizing Public and Private investment for climate change adaptation

12:30pm - 2pm

  • Using adaptation indicators in tracking NDC adaptation goals: A case of Zambia

4:30pm - 6pm

  • Strategies for Rapidly Scaling Solar Investment: The key to climate change mitigation, energy access, and energy security

Wednesday 10 November: Transport

9am - 10:30am

  • Sharing critical lessons - Mangroves, the Commonwealth and Rotary

12:30pm - 2pm

  • Strengthening Gender and Youth Engagement in Climate Action: A Focus on NDC Implementation

2:30pm - 4pm

  • Climate change and new petroleum producing countries: forging a new path towards an equitable and just energy transition.

4:30pm - 6pm

  • Enhancing access to climate finance in LDCs, SIDs and other vulnerable commonwealth nations

Thursday 11 November: Cities, Regions & Built Environment

9am - 10:30am

  • Accessing climate finance: Lessons learnt from practice

11am - 12pm

  • Pathways for inclusive implementation of the Paris Agreement in Africa

12:30pm - 2pm

  • Enhancing Access to Climate Finance - Operationalising National Climate Action Funds

2:30pm - 4pm

  • The Road to the ICJ: Seeking Climate Justice at the World’s Highest Court

4:30pm - 6pm

  • Meeting with Commonwealth National Climate Finance Advisers

Friday 12 November

11am - 12pm

  • Towards the Just Transition of Men in the Workforce for a Low Carbon Future 

2:30pm - 4pm

  • Can we align country adaptation reporting efforts under the Paris Agreement (PA) and Agenda 2030          

Many of the above events will be streamed live on our website. 

You can follow the Commonwealth Secretariat at COP26 on social media with hashtag #CommonwealthForClimate.     

For more information, please contact the Climate Change Section.

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