With COP26 officially having been opened earlier today, all eyes will be on the first day of events. As we’ve shared with you in the build up to COP26, there are hundreds of events going on. Therefore, each day we will bring you a preview of what’s to come in the next day starting with events on Monday 1st November.
Please Note: All times are UK (GMT) unless stated.
Presidency Programme of Events
The Presidency Programme of Events covers the main negotiations that will take place between world leaders at COP26.
Monday sees the beginning of the two-day long World Leader’s Summit. The summit will see opening statements made by world leaders as they aim to “deliver concrete actions and credible plans” to tackle climate change.
The schedule for day 1 of the summit is as follows:
- 08:00-12:00 – Arrival of Heads of State and Government at Conference venue
- 12:00-13:00 – Opening Ceremony (Watch Live Here)
- 13:00-17:00 – National Statements
This will be followed by a VVIP reception in the evening for all heads of State and Government.
The statements made by Heads of State and Government will be webcast live.
Green Zone Programme of Events
The Green Zone Programme of Events will see youth groups, civil society, academia, artists and businesses host events, exhibitions, cultural performances, workshops and talks throughout COP26.
No less than 16 events are taking place on Monday as part of the Green Zone Programme of Events. The best part is, the majority of them are being livestreamed. This means, that even if you are not in Glasgow in person you won’t be missing out.
The schedule for the opening day of the Green Zone is as follows:
|Time||Organiser||Event Title||Where to Watch|
|09:30 – 11:00||Climate Outreach (information network) and CAST (Centre for Climate and Social Transformation)||Catalysing our Net Zero Future: working with people to take action on climate change||Watch Live Here|
|10:00 – 12:00||Schmidt Ocean Institute||Climate and the Deep Sea World: Schmidt Ocean Institute’s Global Efforts – A Visual Journey and Panel||Watch Live Here|
|10:30 – 12:00||Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations||An Inter-generational Conversation Among Women and Youth in the Climate Change & Agriculture Arena||Watch Live Here|
|12:00 -13:00||Armagh Observatory and Planetarium||Our Place in the Cosmos|
|12:00 – 13:30||YOUNGO||Climate change action: YOUNGO approach||Watch Live Here|
|13:00 – 14:00||Poets for the Planet||Poets for the Planet and Imperial College London present Earthsong: science-inspired poetry against climate change||Watch Live Here|
|13:00 – 14:00||Scottish Power Pipe Band||Pipe Band|
|13:00 – 15:30||Global Assembly||Citizens from the Global Assembly present their proposals||Watch Live Here|
|13:30 – 14:30||Commonwealth Jewish Council||Are Religious Leaders Rising to the Climate Challenge?||Watch Live Here|
|14:00 – 15:00||WWF||Walrus From Space|
|15:00 – 16:00||The Glasgow Barons||Musicians in Exile||Watch Live Here|
|15:30 – 17:00||ActionAid International||Earth Observers: From space frontiers to frontline farmers; a women-led debate on climate justice||Watch Live Here|
|16:00 – 17:00||Armagh Observatory and Planetarium||Our Place in the Cosmos|
|16:00 – 17:30||WEDO||Feminist Action for Climate Justice||Watch Live Here|
|17:00 – 18:30||Cranfield University||Exploring Sustainable Futures Game||Watch Live Here|
|17:00 – 20:00||If Not Us Then Who?||‘Our Village, Community Corner ’ organised by ‘If Not Us Then Who?||Watch Live Here|
Presidency Pavilion Events
It is yet to be confirmed whether these events will be livestreamed. As soon as we know more, we will update you.
|09:00 – 09:45||UK Government||Opening Activity & Networking|
|10:00 – 11:00||Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities||Forests and People: How Can REDD+ Support Indigenous and Local Forest Communities, and What Have We Learned So Far?|
|14:00 – 14:45||NatWest|
|Home is Where the Heat is – Putting Consumers at the Heart of the|
Transition to Green Homes and Buildings
|15:00 – 15:45||Sky|
|The Power of TV to Combat the Climate Crisis|
|16:00 – 16:45||GSK|
|Net-Zero Healthcare: Working Together for a Healthier Future|
|18:00 – 18:45||The Climate Change Committee (CCC)||International Climate Councils Network Event: Making Ambition|
Count – the Role of Climate Councils in Turning Ambitions
|Smart Cities are Sustainable Cities|
|20:00 – 21:00||Climate Ambition Support Alliance (CASA)||LDCs and SIDS: What Does it Take to Put the Most Climate Vulnerable at the Heart of the UNFCCC Negotiations?|
The Science Pavilion at COP26 is co-hosted by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the Met Office.
The science pavilion programme for Monday 1st November is:
|Time||Organiser||Event Title||Where to Watch|
|11:00 – 12:30||WMO|
|The State of the Global Climate Observing System|
|13:00 – 14:00||Met Office|
|Tracking ocean climate change and impacts on our fragile ocean||Watch Live Here|
|14:30 – 16:00||IPCC|
Centre Scientifique de Monaco
Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation
|Climate change, human and ocean health|
|16:30 – 17:30||Met Office|
|Recovering historic data to inform climate services||Watch Live Here|
|18:30 – 20:00||WMO|
|Importance of science for rising to the challenge of climate change||Watch Live Here|
Other COP26 Side Events
All around the world, organisations are coming together to put on events and webinars to discuss how best to tackle the climate crisis throughout COP26.
Below, we’ve highlighted some of the most exciting side events that we are looking forward to:
IEF Conference Panel: Health Equity and Climate Change (COP26)
Event Time: 19:00 – 20:30
Event Host: International Environment Forum, Adora Foundation
Event Speakers: Anisha Prabhu, Dr. Mojgan Sami, Dr. Farhang Tahzib and Dr. Gill Turner
Event Viewing Link: IEF Conference Panel: Health Equity and Climate Chance (COP26)
Event Description: The relationship between climate change, health and equity is tightly linked and one cannot talk about climate change without mentioning the other two. In this panel we will discuss how many factors that lead to climate change are often the same that impact health inequities.
Ask a Climate Scientist: COP, Science, Culture and Politics
Event Time: 13:00 – 14:00
Event Host: Climate Emergency Network
Event Speakers: Tom Corby, Louise Sime and Jeremy Wilkinson
Event Viewing Link: Ask a Climate Scientist: COP, Science, Culture and Politics
Event Description: Tom Corby will discuss recent collaborative work with the British Antarctic Survey which will be followed by a discussion by Louise Sime and Jeremy Wilkinson on both the science of climate change and its relationship to COP26. Attendees will also have an opportunity to ask questions.
The Rewilding Story of Wild Ken Hill
Event Time: 19:00 – 20:00
Event Host: North Norfolk District Council – Greenbuild
Event Speakers: Dominic Buscall
Event Viewing Link: The Rewilding Story of Wild Ken Hill
Whilst Wild Ken Hill is in part about returning land to nature, the project uses a combined approach which includes regenerative farming and traditional conservation methods alongside rewilding. Dominic will be sharing with us the ideas behind the project, through to recent developments including involvement in the national effort to restore Curlew numbers and the reintroduction of beavers to the Estate in 2020.
Local Panel – Setting the Scene – What’s to Come
Event Time: 13:00 GMT+13
Event Host: University of Waikato
Event Speakers: Hon. Nanaia Mahuta, Ian Douglas and others.
Event Viewing Link: Local Panel – Setting the Scene – What’s to Come
Event Description: Local experts kick-off the 2 weeks of COP26 action with a scene setting discussion on what is to follow. Hear from Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Nanaia Mahuta, former CHEC President, Professor Ian Douglas and others ahead of COP26.