COP26 is the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference. For nearly three decades, the UN has been bringing together almost every country on earth for global climate summits – called COPs – which stands for ‘Conference of the Parties’. In that time, climate change has gone from being a fringe issue to a global priority. This year will be the 26th annual summit – giving it the name COP26. With the UK as President, COP26 takes place in Glasgow. Citi will be hosting a series of events leading up to the conference and publishing a depth of content ranging from reports to podcasts to replays providing insights and perspectives on the key topics being discussed.
As the climate crisis takes hold of the global conscience, it seems as though there isn’t anywhere you can turn without reading about leaders in the business, political or financial spheres making decarbonization commitments or setting out their net-zero roadmaps. A very positive, needed and reassuring step in the fight against climate change. However there is a growing feeling that all this talk is somewhat replacing and distracting from real action.
This discussion will go beyond the rhetoric to dig down into the practical actions that financiers, business leaders, policy makers and ordinary citizens can take to make actual rapid change in the face of ever growing climate crisis.
Hiro Mizuno, Special Envoy of U.N. Secretary-General on Innovative Finance and Sustainable Investments, United Nations
Emiliya Mychasuk, Climate Editor, Financial Times
Irene Heemskerk, Head of the Climate Change Centre, European Central Bank
Paco Ybarra, CEO Institutional Clients Group, Citi