Climate change challenges: the Commonwealth’s path towards COP26

Climate change challenges: the Commonwealth’s path towards COP26
25 March 2021, 5.00pm - 7.00pm

As the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) introduces its website, signalling its priorities, a wide range of initiatives will all help to raise public awareness of the challenges facing our planet. Globally, the new Decade of Ocean Science (2021-2030) sets out to reverse the decline in ocean health and create sustainable development programmes for coastal states; locally, the UK-based Climate Coalition highlights the impact of climate change on public health.

The Commonwealth has a great opportunity to influence the outcome of COP26 as its extraordinary diversity enables it to speak without regional or economic bias. With the majority of small island developing states (SIDS) being Commonwealth members, it can share its experience over several decades on sea level rise and related climate finance issues to wider benefit. The outcome of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in June will provide clues to its intended contribution to the UN Conference in November. In this event, speakers will identify challenges and discuss options to tackle these. Panel will include Sir Ronald Sanders is the Ambassador of Antigua and Barbuda to the United States and to the Organisation of American States. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London, and has served as High Commissioner in London. He was a member and Rapporteur of the Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group (2010–2011).


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