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200 days on: ‘Committee on COP’ scrutinises progress

20 May 2022

200 days on since the start of the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, ‘the Committee on COP’ – a collaboration of select committees – will be scrutinising progress made to date, hearing from COP26 President Alok Sharma.

Despite committing at COP26 to revisit and strengthen plans for cutting emissions by 2030, there have been reports that progress has been lacking from the 196 countries to have signed the declaration. There have similarly been concerns around progress against pledges on the use of coal and climate finance. Speaking recently, COP26 President Alok Sharma warned that failure by world leaders to deliver on pledges made at COP would be a “monstrous act of self-harm”.

Purpose of the session

During this session hosted by the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC), members will be exploring a range of issues including:

  • Progress on agreements reached at COP26;
  • Priorities for the remainder of the UK Presidency of COP;
  • The impact of the developing geopolitical situation;
  • Progress on developing UNFCCC (UN Framework Convention on Climate Change) reporting metrics;
  • Domestic and international efforts to decarbonise financial institutions through the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ).

Witnesses

From 15:00 

  • Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, President, COP26
  • Alison Campbell, Deputy Lead Negotiator, 26th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26), Cabinet Office
  • Peter Hill, Chief Executive Officer, 26th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26), Cabinet Office

Further information 

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