Speakers of the Event on Climate and SDGs Synergy Approach

Side Events at COP 26

1–12 November 2021 | Glasgow, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Speakers of the Event on Climate and SDGs Synergy Approach
Side event during COP 25. L-R: Junichi Fujino, IGES; Kazuhiko Takemoto, UNU-IAS; Lynn Wagner, IISD; Ovais Sarmad, UNFCCC; Shinjirō Koizumi, Minister of the Environment, Japan; Jyoti Mathur-Filipp, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD); and Kazuhiko Takeuchi, IGES

Side events during the Glasgow Climate Change Conference will serve to launch new initiatives and publications, share insights on challenges to be discussed during COP 26, and introduce new issues and actors to the climate change process.

Side events comprise an important component of the UN Climate Change Conferences. They are organized on the margins of the official meetings but provide an opportunity for participants to share experiences and engage in informal dialogues on issues often being addressed in the formal negotiations. They were originally established by the UNFCCC Secretariat as a forum for observer organizations to highlight diverse climate change issues in a different environment from the negotiation process itself. In addition to this function, they also support COP participants’ efforts to network and share information about new publications and initiatives.

Originally, side events were scheduled to take place outside negotiation hours­—normally during lunch breaks or in the evenings. However, due to the high demand, the official side event schedule has extended to include slots throughout the day. In addition, climate change conferences now host country- and organization-led pavilions, which also host a slate of side events throughout the COPs.

The Glasgow Climate Change Conference and on-site pavilions are hosting a full schedule of events between 1-12 November 2021. Due to the global pandemic, many of these side events will be live streamed to allow virtual participation by those who are unable to travel to Scotland.

IISD’s Earth Negotiations Bulletin team will be providing virtual coverage of selected side events during COP 26, including (times are GMT):

Additional ENB side event coverage is being organized under the following headings:

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