COP26 debrief: where do we go from here?

Side event

This event on Wednesday, 24 November reflected on the outcomes of COP26 and how they responded to the priorities of the 46 least developed countries (LDCs).

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Man stands behind a lectern in the sea to give a speech, with the water above his knees.

Tuvalu Foreign Minister Simon Kofe delivers a virtual speech at COP26 standing knee-deep in sea water to demonstrate the realities of climate change and rising sea levels (Photo: copyright Tuvalu Ministry of Justice, Communication and Foreign Affairs)

The long awaited 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) came to an end on 13 November under the presidency of the United Kingdom.

In the ‘2021 super year’, these climate change negotiations were a pivotal moment for countries to honour their pledges. The success of COP26 rested not only on the urgent need for deeper cuts from major carbon emitters to limit global warming to 1.5°C, but also on supporting and addressing the priorities of climate-vulnerable nations, who over ten years ago were promised $100 billion per year by 2020.

Not only has that target not been met so far, but a bigger portion needs to be allocated to lower-income countries to adapt to the impacts of climate change that have already happened and to combat loss and damage. Another priority lay in the long overdue completion of the Paris Agreement rulebook, specifically around reporting and carbon markets.

Following the Glasgow conference, this online event unpacked and assessed the decisions and progress made by Parties. The panel examined the level of ambition displayed and to what extent the outcomes responded to the priorities of the 46 least developed countries (LDCs). Participants learned about the successes and challenges and heard expert perspectives on where we go from here.

About the speakers

  • Andrew Norton (moderator) is an applied anthropologist and director of IIED
  • Mamadou Honadia is water and forestry conservator in Burkina Faso's Environment Ministry and the former UNFCCC head of delegation for Burkina Faso
  • Tara Shine is an experienced policy adviser and climate negotiator, director and co-founder of Change by Degrees and chair of the board of trustees for IIED
  • Madeleine Diouf Sarr is head of the climate change division in Senegal's Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, and incoming chair of the LDC Group

Event coverage

A recording of the event is available below or on IIED's YouTube channel, where you can also find links to take you straight to the contributions of each of the key speakers.

About IIED Debates

This event was part of the IIED Debates series. Through the convening of expert speakers and external stakeholders, IIED brings together an international community to discuss critical issues.

IIED Debates encompass both physical and digital events, including critical themes, breakfast debriefs and webinars. These events are public and are hosted regularly throughout the year online and when possible in our London and Edinburgh offices.


Juliette Tunstall ([email protected]), IIED's internal engagement and external events office