Around the world storms, floods and wildfires are intensifying. Air pollution sadly affects the health of tens of millions of people and unpredictable weather causes untold damage to homes and livelihoods too.  

But while the impacts of climate change are devastating, advances in tackling it are leading to cleaner air, creating good jobs, restoring nature and at the same time unleashing economic growth. 

Despite the opportunities we are not acting fast enough. To grip this crisis, countries need to join forces urgently.


They also agreed to step up efforts to adapt to the impacts of climate change and to make finance flows consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development. 

By completing and implementing the Paris Agreement at Glasgow, we can show that the world is able to work together to tackle this crucial challenge.  

And by uniting behind a green recovery from coronavirus, which creates sustainable jobs and addresses the urgent and linked challenges of public health, climate change, and biodiversity loss, we can safeguard the environment for future generations. 

What do we need to achieve at COP26? 

1. Secure global net-zero by mid-century and keep 1.5 degrees within reach 

Countries are being asked to come forward with ambitious 2030 emissions reductions targets that align with reaching net zero by the middle of the century. 

To deliver on these stretching targets, countries will need to: 

  • accelerate the phase-out of coal 

  • curtail deforestation 

  • speed up the switch to electric vehicles 

  • encourage investment in renewables 


2. Adapt to protect communities and natural habitats 

The climate is already changing, and it will continue to change even as we reduce emissions, with devastating effects.

At COP26 we need to work together to enable and encourage countries affected by climate change to: 

  • protect and restore ecosystems 

  • build defences, warning systems and resilient infrastructure and agriculture to avoid loss of homes, livelihoods and even lives 


3. Mobilise finance 

To deliver on our first two goals, developed countries must make good on their promise to mobilise at least $100bn in climate finance per year by 2020.  

International financial institutions must play their part and we need to work towards unleashing the trillions in private and public sector finance required to secure global net zero. 


4. Work together to deliver 

We can only rise to the challenges of the climate crisis by working together. 

At COP26 we must: 

  • finalise the Paris Rulebook (the detailed rules that make the Paris Agreement operational) 

  • accelerate action to tackle the climate crisis through collaboration between governments, businesses and civil society. 

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