Glasgow chosen by UK to host major UN climate summit in 2020

9 August 2019

The UK government has today announced Glasgow as the host city for the major UN COP26 climate change summit next year if the UK’s bid is successful.

Britain is bidding to secure the Presidency and host the conference over two weeks at the end of 2020, in partnership with Italy.

With over 30,000 people from around the world expected to attend, the UN meeting would be the largest summit the UK has ever hosted.

Tim Ash Vie, Director of the Under2 Coalition Secretariat at The Climate Group, an international non-profit with a mission of accelerating action, said:

“Scotland is a world leader in climate action, having recently agreed to legislate a net zero by 2045 target. It is also a leading member of the Under2 Coalition of ambitious global governments that are committed to significantly cutting their emissions.

“It is fitting for the UK to host the annual UN COP summit in Glasgow – as Scotland continues to work with other leading states such as California and Washington through the Coalition, it will enable them to play an even bigger leadership role in driving even further climate action from others globally.”

Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham MSP, commented:

“I welcome the announcement that Glasgow has been chosen as the prospective host city of such an important international event if the UK bid is successful. It is natural that COP26 should take place in the city given its strong global presence and ambitious plans for climate action.  

“Glasgow has an excellent reputation, demonstrated through many major events and will undoubtedly deliver a highly successful conference.

“Scotland has a reputation as a world leader in tackling climate change. We were one of the first countries in the world to acknowledge the global climate emergency, we are introducing the toughest targets in the UK and we are committed to taking action that matches the scale of our climate ambitions.

“We have been supportive of the UK Government’s joint bid with Italy to host COP26 and are committed to working collaboratively to deliver an ambitious and effective conference that includes a strong role for Scottish Ministers, represents the interests of Scotland and promotes increased global ambition on climate change.”


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