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Contributing to COP26

Throughout 2021, the team at Wilton Park was heavily involved in building consensus and momentum across the full range of climate issues and COP26 campaigns. After a launch event with COP President-Designate, Alok Sharma, we have hosted over 100 online sessions in support of the whole range of priority issues.

Many of the projects and campaigns we’ve been engaged in on the road to COP26 culminated in live-streamed events and announcements during the two weeks of negotiations in Glasgow.

Highlights included:

Wilton Park hosted the Secretariat of the COP26 Catalyst for Climate Action – the UK COP26 Presidency’s major initiative on capacity building to support climate action worldwide. At COP26, we launched a Call to Action to meet the urgency and ambition of the Paris Agreement, as well as a set of thematic Action Recommendations, which were formally welcomed in the Glasgow Climate Pact.

COP26 Catalyst for Climate Action
Alison holding the appeal

Faith leaders representing the world’s major religions joined scientists at the Vatican to call on the international community to raise their ambition and step up their climate action ahead of COP26. The official Appeal was the culmination of a series of virtual meetings Wilton Park facilitated throughout 2021 for the British and Italian Embassies to the Holy See, along with the Vatican.

Faith and Science: towards COP26
Digital wind turn burns

Wilton Park has been convening dialogues on the Green Grids Initiative since 2018. In November 2021, Prime Ministers Modi and Johnson formally launched the Green Grids Initiative – One Sun One World One Grid collaboration – the biggest ever global political coalition for clean energy. It has now been endorsed by 90 countries worldwide and Wilton Park will play a major global convening role for GGI-OSOWOG, starting with a gathering of leading country partners in 2022.

Green Grids Initiative
Electric car  charging

On behalf of the UK Government and COP26 President-Designate, we convened a series of regional events promoting the transition to Zero-Emission Vehicles (ZEVs). By bringing people together and supporting the conversation we played a part in helping to realise the COP26 declaration on accelerating the transition to 100% zero emission cars and vans and other emissions-related outcomes of COP26.

The Zero Emissions Vehicles (ZEV) Transition Council
Rain forest sunset

Wilton Park has played a key role in supporting the Forest, Agriculture and Commodity Trade (FACT) dialogue, including enabling its Launch in February 2021 and convening and hosting Ministerial and senior officials’ dialogues throughout 2021. The work led to the development of the FACT Roadmap for Action, which was introduced at a headline session at COP26 and puts countries on a path to ending deforestation whilst promoting sustainable development and trade of agricultural commodities.

Forest, Agriculture and Commodity Trade (FACT)
Solar panels with mountain view

We have been using our experience and convening power to support and host regional and ministerial meetings of the Energy Transition Council since its inception in 2020. This major COP26 initiative aims to connect countries with the expertise and finance they need to grow their renewable energy sectors and provide clean energy access for all. 

Energy Transition Council
Coal Power plant

Wilton Park supported the UK and Canadian governments by hosting the Powering Past Coal Alliance’s (PPCA) first global summit, described as this year’s largest gathering on coal power phase-out. It boosted international commitment and cooperation to shift away from coal power generation.

The Powering Past Coal Alliance

Adaptation Without Borders, a global partnership formed through a Wilton Park dialogue, launched a collaboration with the European Commission at COP26. With significant EU investment, the collaboration puts into practice the vision of the EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change, shining a spotlight on the implications of cross-border and cascading risks for climate diplomacy, and making the case for a new era of adaptation defined by global cooperation.

Adaptation Without Borders