Climate Action

COP26 Climate Change Conference

01/11/2021 - 12/11/2021

The 2021 UN climate change conference (COP26) is scheduled to take place from 1 to 12 November 2021 in Glasgow, under the incoming presidency of the UK. The EU and its Member States will take part as Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The annual Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC brings together governments from around the world to agree coordinated action to tackle climate change. The conference is also a space for governments, businesses, local authorities and civil society to discuss and showcase climate action.

EU side events

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the incoming UK presidency of COP26 continues to explore all available options to host the conference while protecting the health of both the participants at COP26 and the local community of Glasgow.

While uncertainties remain on the practical organisation, the European Union aims, like in previous years, to provide a space for side events seeking to stimulate the debate on key thematic areas, facilitating dialogue with Party delegates and other participants, as well as launching new initiatives and partnerships and showcasing inspiring and successful projects or policies.

In addition to the in-situ facilities, our aim is to set-up a COP26 studio in Brussels as a virtual bridge between the EU institutions and the stakeholders and interest groups stationed in Brussels and the COP venue respectively. The objective is to allow for maximum access and participation by EU stakeholders even in the event of a more restricted format.

We welcome in particular transformative events that deliver concrete changes and show results beyond pledges, as the EU has now entered a new phase of action since the launch of its European Green Deal, a roadmap towards climate neutrality by 2050.

This year, the EU Pavilion programme is planned to include both physical side events in Glasgow and digital side events. All events will be accessible through an online platform to reach out to broader audiences around the globe and allow enhanced virtual participation, as well as anticipate potential sanitary limitations.

Call for applications

While the final set-up will be defined closer to the event in order to insure the highest degree of safety for all participants, a call for applications is launched to allow side event organisers to include their events in the EU Pavilion programme at COP26.

At this stage, we request applicants to express their interest in organising a side event and outline key elements of their proposal, including the topic addressed, organisations involved, potential speakers, and event format preferences.

We encourage event organisers to propose events that:

  • Address topical themes on the EU and international climate agenda, e.g. transition to net-zero emissions, adaptation and resilience, climate finance, just transition, involving citizens in the transition
  • Showcase and launch concrete, impactful climate action
  • Involve and cooperate with other like-minded organisations and other partners to underscore the value of joined-up action
  • Use interactive and animated formats, possibly with professional facilitators, to encourage dialogue and exchange
  • Ensure diversity and inclusiveness in the selection of speakers and formats
  • Engage stakeholders and citizens through effective outreach and communication before and after the event
  • Take sustainability into account.

The call for applications is open until 30 June 2021.

Submit your application

We will get back to applicants by email at the latest early September 2021.

Please note that the organisation of the EU Pavilion programme and the facilities and event formats that will be available depend on ongoing developments outside our control. We thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

More information

For further information, please contact: CLIMA-EU-SIDE-EVENTS@ec.europa.eu

Read more