UK wins bid to host major UN climate summit in 2020

London, 10 September 2019: The UK has today been announced as the host for next year’s major United Nations (UN) climate change conference, COP26.

The summit, which has been described as the most important gathering on climate change since the Paris Agreement was signed in 2015, is confirmed to take place in Glasgow.

Responding to the news, Helen Clarkson, CEO of The Climate Group, the international non-profit with a mission of accelerating climate action, said:

“Today’s announcement that the UK will host the COP26 summit in Glasgow is something to be welcomed and celebrated. It is an opportunity for the UK to stand as a climate leader on the world stage, but also for British nations and businesses to take their climate action to the next level.

“2020 will see us enter into a critical decade for climate action. We know through our initiatives with businesses and governments from around the world that good progress is being made, but more needs to be done at a much greater pace and scale if we are to halt global heating in its tracks. Only the highest levels of ambition are now acceptable.

With over 30,000 people from around the world and up to 200 world leaders expected to attend, it will be the largest summit the UK has ever hosted.

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