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UN Climate Change Conference 2021

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The 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) takes place in Glasgow on 1 – 12 November 2021. The conference aims to bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. As an NGO with Observer Status, York staff have an opportunity to participate in COP26 and other UNFCCC events. Find out how below.

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Join the COP26 Universities Network

The network coordinates activities within the higher education sector, provides briefings and information to the UK government and other organisations, and engages in a range of UNFCCC/COP26 activities. It also hosts a database of experts for you to explore. Sign up here to submit your expertise to the database and become a member of the network.

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Our key contact - Dr David Diston

If you would like to engage directly with the UNFCCC central secretariat and the annual COP, you can do this via the University's central contact point at

Further information

Since 2017, the University of York has been a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) with Observer Status at the UNFCCC. As an NGO Observer, the University joins a community of over 2,200 NGOs representing a diverse range of sectors, including academia, industry, local government, and special interest groups among others. York is also a member of the Research and Independent NGOs, which is an informal group of UNFCCC NGOs with common interests. Learn more about admitted NGOs and see the full list of admitted NGOs here.


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