Climate Change


UCL’s Contribution to COP26

Explore our COP26 page to find out more about how UCL research influenced the COP26 process.

What is COP26?

The UK hosted the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow from 31st October – 12th November. With so much climate action occurring globally this was one of the most important climate summits in history. 

This event needs to change the course of the human story and our interaction with nature. To find out more about COP26 and what’s at stake read the “What is COP26?” Explainer from researchers at UCL’s Bartlett Faculty for the Built Environment.

How is UCL shaping the COP26 debate?


Academic Institutions such as UCL, play a critical role in influencing decision-makers to implement effective climate change policies. Our researchers and academics stand at the core of UK and global climate research. 

Climate experts from across UCL attended the COP26 UN climate summit in Glasgow.

Meet our COP26 team

Expert comments during the summit

Post-COP26 reflections

Post-COP26 podcast


COP26 news highlights

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Explainer: What is COP26?

This explainer is part of The Bartlett's Together for climate action campaign.  The Bartlett, UCL's Faculty of the Built Environment. We're here to build a better future.

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How to get involved

COP26 is an opportunity for everyone to get involved.

You can get engaged with the COP process; by lobbying your MP or Government representative for your country to adhere to or better their existing COP contributions. This will make it more likely that your government will stick to its commitments, and encourage it to take stronger action – you can find your country’s Nationally Determined Contributions here.

But you can also support your country, and hence the global effort, by taking action at any level you can. Building global momentum requires leadership at all levels – home, school, workplace, neighbourhood, city, region, as well as the national level. 

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