26 October 2021

COP26: the power of local voices

This November, the countries of the world will come together in ICLEI Member Glasgow (UK) for climate change negotiations held under the banner of “COP26” – the 26th meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Previous COPs have led to landmark agreements, such as the Kyoto Accord and Paris Agreement.

This is a critical moment in time to address the climate crisis. The recent report Climate Change 2021: the Physical Science Basis is one of many ‘wake up calls’ that demands urgent, ambitious, and immediate action.

ICLEI is the focal point for the Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (LGMA) Constituency, which represents local and regional governments at the UNFCCC. This representation at the COPs recognises that climate action cannot be effective without meaningful partnership among all levels of government.

ICLEI Europe is committed to bringing local European voices directly to COP26. Browse the list below for a list of all the ways you can connect with us at COP26 Pavilions.

For more information, browse ICLEI’s “Cities and Regions Guide to COP26” here.


Find ICLEI Europe:

Contributing to the LGMA Pavilion, led by the ICLEI World Secretariat, register at

  • “The Local Green Deal – achieving climate neutrality by 2030 with Mannheim's innovative governance approach”, 2 November, 15:00 UTC
  • “Time4MultilevelAction Dialogue: UrbanLEDS – escalating climate ambition with innovative solutions to access climate finance”, 3 November, 13:00 UTC
  • “Time4MultilevelAction Dialogue: towards more inclusive and fair climate action & a multilevel and multigenerational Europe”, 5 November, 13:00 UTC
  • "Redesigning economic systems for just, circular and nature-based cities", 5 November, 16:30 UTC
  • "Hearing the voice of subnational governments: learning from the Edinburgh Declaration for biodiversity", 6 November 14:30 UTC

At the EU Pavilion, register at

  • “Voices from the regions: sharing first-hand experiences on coal phase out in Europe and beyond”, 5 November, 11:30 UTC
  • “Circular economy & local governments: sustainable resource management to mitigate climate change”, 6 November, 13:00 UTC
  • “How to turn a city into a smart and net-zero city”, 9 November, 11:30 UTC
  • “Facta, non verba: How cities & regions can deliver the EU Green Deal for a climate neutral future”, 9 November, 13:00 UTC
  • “Localizing the NDCs: how do we fund and implement action at scale?”, 9 November, 14:30 UTC
  • “Harnessing collective initiatives to achieve Europe's 2050 climate neutrality goal”, 9 November, 16:00 UTC
  • “Race to Zero: transforming cities through data, research and art”, 9 November, 16:00 UTC

At the Glasgow city chambers, register via eventbrite here:

  • “Committing to nature: Nature based-solutions for climate-positive cities”, 6 November, 14:30 UTC

At the German Pavilion, register at

  • “From Mission to Action: collaboratively unlocking the potential for climate neutral cities”, 2 November, 14:00 UTC
  • “From Mission to Action: U-turn to sustainable mobility”, 11 November, 17:30 UTC

At the OECD Pavilion, register at

  • “The power of collaborative climate action”, 10 November, 16:30 UTC

At the GlobalABC's Buildings Pavilion, register via eventbrite here:

  • “Delivering net zero carbon buildings in cities – recent examples and what needs to happen next?”, 11 November, 11:00 UTC