Loss and Damage Awareness Day and upcoming COP26

In the lead up to COP26 (Conference of the Parties), a coalition of groups are working together to host Loss and Damage Awareness Day. The panel will take place on Zoom on Thursday, 23rd September at 3pm BST / 2pm GMT.

Loss and Damage Awareness Day aims to raise awareness about the issue of loss and damage and the need for the biggest polluters to pay for it. Loss and damage caused by climate change is a present reality for people around the world, and it is getting worse every year. Despite being recognised in a key global climate agreement known as the Paris Agreement, there has been no progress on where money to pay for loss and damage should come from.

As part of the event a new short film will be launched featuring climate activists Vanessa Nakate, Prof Saleemul Huq and Harjeet Singh.

Please register for the event at this link: https://actionnetwork.org/events/loss-damage-and-cop26-film-launch-and-panel-event?source=direct_link&

The UK, together with Italy, will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 31 October – 12 November 2021. The COP26 summit will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. More than 190 world leaders are expected to arrive in Scotland. Together with tens of thousands of negotiators, government representatives, businesses and citizens for twelve days of talks.

Under the Paris Agreement in 2015, countries committed to bring forward national plans setting out how much they would reduce their emissions – known as Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). They agreed that every five years they would come back with an updated plan that would reflect their highest possible ambition at that time. This year, delayed by a year due to the pandemic, countries will update their plans for reducing emissions. But, the commitments laid out in Paris did not come close to limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees, and the window for achieving this is closing. The decade out to 2030 will be crucial. So as momentous as Paris was, countries must go much further to keep the hope of holding temperature rises to 1.5 degrees alive.

Progress made so far:

  • Around 70% of the world’s economy is now committed to reaching net zero emissions, up from 30% when the UK took over as incoming COP Presidency.
  • More than 80 countries have formally updated their NDCs, and all G7 countries have announced new NDC targets that put them on the path to net zero emissions by 2050.
  • Accounting for around half the global economy, all the countries that make up the G7 have updated their 2030 targets to put them on a pathway to net zero by 2050.
  • Solar and wind are now cheaper than new coal and gas power plants in two thirds of countries of the world.
  • Over 20 countries have joined the Adaptation Action Coalition, building on the 2019 Call for Action on Adaptation and Resilience signed by over 120 countries.
  • 1500+ businesses, investors, regions & cities have joined the Race to Resilience all are committed to take action on adaptation to build a resilient future.
  • Over 40 countries and organisations have joined the Risk-Informed Early Action Partnership commiting to make 1 billion people safer from disaster by 2025.