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UK's preparedness to host COP 26 examined

13 March 2020

Representatives from the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit, RSPB and Christian Aid will give evidence to the first public session of the Environmental Audit Committee as it considers the UK's preparedness to host COP 26 later this year. It will mark the first of two oral evidence sessions of the Committee's Preparation for COP 26 inquiry.


Tuesday 17 March 2020, Grimond Room, Portcullis House

At 10.15am

  • Richard Black, Director, Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit
  • Melanie Coath, Senior Climate Change Policy Officer, RSPB
  • Dr Katherine Kramer, Global Lead Climate Change, Christian Aid

Further details on the second session will be announced in due course.

Focus of the session

The panel have all been involved in previous COPs and can offer their expert insight. Evidence being sought will include: the role of the Government in holding the Presidency of COP26; what the Government needs to do to deliver a successful UN climate conference; the Government's own progress on its climate commitments and its plans for a year of climate action; international climate finance; and nature based solutions to climate change.

COP 26 is the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties which the UK is hosting in Glasgow in November 2020. In the year that the Committee on Climate Change has described as the 'Year of Climate Action', all eyes will be on the UK as it hosts COP 26 that will see over 30,000 delegates from around the world come together to tackle the growing threat of climate change. During the two evidence sessions, the Committee will be considering the city's preparation for the Conference, and how the Government can ensure a lasting impact from the talks after COP 25 in Madrid left many policy issues unresolved.

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