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GEO at the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP26

Blog / October 14, 2021

The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26, is the 26th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It will take place in Glasgow, Scotland, from 31 October to 12 November 2021, under the presidency of the United Kingdom.

While the Blue Zone at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) will host the official negotiations and side events restricted to country delegates and admitted observers, a Green Zone has been set up at the Glasgow Science Centre, which will be open to the public via a ticketing system.

The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) community will be present through the negotiations, side events and engagements outside the official COP26 events over the two weeks to promote the role of Earth observations in providing actionable information for climate adaptation and mitigation.

In addition to the in-person meetings, a Space & Geospatial Virtual Pavilion organised by the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) in collaboration with more than 30 other partners, will explore the role of innovation, inclusive growth, and collaboration in supporting the climate emergency and meeting Net Zero targets using the power of place.

A selection of the key EO-related events at COP26 can be found below. This list will be continuously updated as more information becomes available, including livestream links to follow the events remotely whenever possible.

The GEO Secretariat will be represented during the two weeks by Sara Venturini (Climate Coordinator), Diana Mastracci (GEO Indigenous Alliance) and Steven Ramage (Chief Engagement Officer). We will be working closely with UK GEO, GEO Associates and Participating Organisations, as well with as the UNFCCC Secretariat and other COP26 organisers.

1 November

  • GCOS / The State of the Global Climate Observing System: GCOS Status Report 2021 (Blue Zone, Science Pavilion, 11:00-12:30 GMT)
  • UKMO, WMO / Tracking the impacts of climate change on our fragile ocean (Blue Zone, Science Pavilion, 13:00-14:00 GMT)
  • EC JRC, EC DG DEFIS and DG RTD, ESA, ECMWF / EO for Climate Action: Mitigation, REDD+, and the Global Stocktake (Blue Zone, Brussels / connected to EU Pavilion,14:30-15:30 GMT)

2 November

3 November

  • UNFCCC Secretariat / Earth Information Day 2021 (Blue Zone, Pen Y Fam Room, 10.00-13.00 GMT, with virtual poster session 13.15-14.45 GMT)
  • UK Presidency / Earth Information Day 2021 (Blue Zone, Pen Y Fam Room, 15:15-17:30 GMT, with virtual poster session 17:30-18:30 GMT)

4 November

  • SLYCAN Trust / Scaling Up Capacities and Support for Climate and Disaster Risk Finance for Resilient Livelihoods and Societies (Blue Zone, PCCB Capacity-Building Hub, 13:30-14:30 GMT)

6 November

7 November

8 November

9 November

10 November

  • CNES, GEO / Climate adaptation: Applying Earth Observations and Developing Capacity (Technology & Innovation Centre, Room 6&7, 17:00 – 19:30 GMT including cocktail and networking)

11 November

12 November

  • WMO, GCOS, CEOS / Satellite observations for Climate (Blue Zone, Science Pavilion, 9:30-10:30 GMT)

Useful links

UNFCCC COP26 Homepage

Overview schedule of COP26 negotiations

Official UNFCCC side events and exhibits programme

COP26 site map

UK COP26 Homepage

Green Zone Programme and tickets

European Union side events at COP26

Space & Geospatial Virtual Pavilion

 

 

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