Organized on the margins of the official meetings, Glasgow Climate Change Conference side events provided opportunities for participants to share experiences and engage in informal dialogues on issues often being addressed in the formal negotiations.
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):
- 3 November: 18:00-20:45: 14th Focal Point Forum of the Nairobi Work Programme on Biodiversity and Climate Change Adaptation (organized by UNFCCC Secretariat)
- 4 November: 14:45-16:00: Financing Forest Action: Investing in Forests to Address the Climate Crisis (organized by UN-REDD)
- 6 November: 10:30-12:00: Understanding the Interconnectedness Between the Ongoing Desert Locust Crisis 2019-2021+ and the Climate Crisis (Organized by TMG)
- 6 November: 12:00-1:30: Agroecology: Ecosystem-based Adaptation in Agriculture (organized by TMG)
- 7 November: 14:00-16:00: Green Finance and Climate Action Exchange
- 8 November: 10:30-12:00: Implementing the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM) and Creating Various Benefits for Stakeholders (organized by the Overseas Environmental Cooperation Center)
- 8 November: 11:30-12:45: The Transformative Power of Urban Living Labs (organized by Delta Electronics Foundation)
- 11 November: 11:30-12:45: Carbon Capture and Storage – Decarbonisation of Industries in Non-Annex 1 and Annex-1 Countries (organized by the IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme)
Additional ENB side event coverage is being organized under the following headings:
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