Date: 1-12 November 2021
Where: Glasgow, Scotland, and online
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IIED at the 26th UNFCCC climate change summit in Glasgow, Scotland (COP26).

The delayed 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which binds over 190 Parties, took place in Glasgow from 1 to 12 November 2021 under the presidency of the United Kingdom. It was one of the pivotal events of 2021, with a focus on countries increasing the ambition of their commitments to tackle the climate emergency.

The conference was part of the so-called '2021 super year' of milestones linking climate, nature and people. IIED researchers and partners were present at a host of events throughout the two-week gathering, focusing on issues such as getting climate finance to the local level and supporting negotiators from the least developed countries. Working with partners, IIED also supported grassroots representatives at COP26 and beyond to push for fair and ambitious actions to tackle the climate and nature crises.

The Development and Climate (D&C) Days event from 9-10 November brought together thinking from various sectors that are seeking coherence and cross-cutting collaboration to ensure climate resilience for all.

In spaces in and around COP26 we presented solutions for getting climate finance to the places that need it most, enable indebted countries to use debt management for strategic action on climate and nature, establishing resilient cities and infrastructure, sustainable and effective adaptation to climate change at the local level, and more.

Key events

Development and Climate Days 2021

Date: 9-10 November 2021

This two-day digital event spanned multiple time zones and aims to be the most inclusive D&C Days event yet. We brought together grassroots representatives, researchers, development practitioners and policymakers from across the world to discuss how to work together to build a climate-resilient future for all. 

D&C Days provided a space for networking and exchange, and for honest and open discussions on cutting edge climate work with the goal of enhancing understanding of climate risk and creating accessible and actionable strategies for climate resilience.

Development and Climate Days 2021 was organised by several international partners of which IIED is a lead organiser. IIED led on three themes: financing a resilient future, establishing resilient cities and infrastructure, and working with nature to build resilience.

Resilience Hub

Date: 1-12 November 2021

The Resilience Hub offered a virtual space to connect people and a physical space in the Blue Zone at COP26 to connect and network. The programme focused on increasing ambition and delivery of actions that help people, communities and businesses around the globe to adapt to the impacts of climate and build resilience. 

It was aligned with the overall COP programme days and themes and supported and complemented Adaptation, Loss and Damage Day, and the High-Level Champions events on global climate action under the Marrakech Partnership.

The Resilience Hub was supported and organised by a group of partners from business, investors, civil society, academia, and coastal, rural and urban representatives regions, of which IIED is a part. IIED led on four themes: finance and investment, nature, food and agriculture, locally-led adaptation and just transition, and cities and urban resilience.