UCL Institute for Global Prosperity


IGP's contribution to COP26

Explore IGP's work on climate change, the environment and sustainability

IGP's commitment to the environment and sustainability

The IGP recognises the interdependence of the natural and human worlds and the urgent need to develop social, economic and political institutions that deliver planetary regeneration and resilience. It is working to co-create these networks, ideas, policies and organisations that will carry us towards a better future.

The IGP involves citizens and communities in research processes in order to foreground local knowledge and voices in the identification and analysis of problems and the designing of solutions. It is committed to understanding, enhancing and supporting local knowledge in the creation of climate adaptation strategies.

Through mechanisms and projects such as the Prosperity Index, Citizen Science Research, Prosperity Co-Labs and the Transforming Tomorrow Initiative, the IGP aims to look beyond the status quo and design long term futures with people and planet squarely in the fore.

Our prosperity today and that of future generations depends on safeguarding, managing and regenerating the natural resources and biodiversity of our planet.

Professor Henrietta L. Moore, Founder and Director of the Institute for Global Prosperity 

Key projects addressing climate change

Transforming Tommorrow Initiative
From climate emergency to global prosperity

Procol Kenya
Prosperity Co-Lab Kenya 
Natural prosperity and regenerative agriculture

Wind turbines
Clean Energy
Transition pathways for energising green futures

Prof. Jacqueline McGlade at COP26

Jacqueline McGlade is Professor of Natural Prosperity, Sustainable Development and Knowledge Systems at the Institute for Global Prosperity (IGP).

With previous experience at international climate negotiations, Professor McGlade attends COP26 as part of UCL’s team of experts. She will discuss the Circular Bioeconomy as well as agriculture and land use, carbon markets, climate adaptation around water scarcity and plastic pollution.

Explore Professor McGlade's work through her blogs and podcasts: 


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About COP26

The UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 31 October – 12 November 2021 to bring together world leaders to commit to urgent global climate action. COP stands for the 'conference of the parties' and is the main decision-making body of the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Under the Paris Agreement (in 2015 COP21 took place in Paris) countries committed to bring forward national plans setting out how much they would reduce their emissions – known as Nationally Determined Contributions, or ‘NDCs’. The aim of these pledges is to limit global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees and to keep warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius. Countries agreed they would come back with an updated plan every five years.

The Paris commitments did not come close to limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees. Cop26 has now a unique urgency and world leaders will be under pressure to step up their efforts to deliver action plans for achieving the Paris Agreement goals set at COP21. https://ukcop26.org/