UCF Global Perspectives


Britain Announces Bid to Host COP26 in 2020

Oumaima Jaayfer, Intern, Environment and Global Climate Change

June 25, 2019

Tuesday, the British government announced a joint bid to host next year’s UN climate talks with Italy hosting the conference’s preparatory meeting (Reuters & AP). Next year is critical as it represents the deadline by which 190 nations agreed to fully adopt the provisions of the Paris Agreement (The Guardian & Reuters). While the Paris Agreement committed nations to cut emissions to maintain a 3C (degrees Celsius) rise in global temperature, the 2020 COP26 talks will push a target of 1.5C (The Guardian).


Prior to their joint bid, Britain and Italy’s governments were competing over hosting the summit (Business Green). Turkey is another potential location for the conference (AP). The confirmation of the COP26 location will take place during this year’s UN COP25 held in December (The Guardian & Reuters). Notably, Britain’s bid announcement comes one week after its PM Theresa May revealed her country’s plan to propose legislation to achieve a target of net-zero emissions by 2050 (Business Green). The Chief Executive of Scottish Power Keith Anderson, on his part, praised Britain’s efforts to lead a global campaign to “decarbonize economies” and reduce emissions (The Guardian).







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