COP 26

The World Leaders Summit at COP 26

The formal opening plenary of the twenty-sixth session of the Conference of the Parties, the sixteenth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol and the third session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Paris Agreement (COP 26/CMP 16/CMA 3), also referred to as the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2021, in Glasgow, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, kicked off on Sunday, 31 October 2021, at the Scottish Event Campus.

In addition, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has invited Heads of State and Government to participate in a World Leaders Summit, which will take place on Monday, 1 November, and Tuesday, 2 November, when the first part of the high-level segment for Heads of State and Government during the conference will also take place.

The invitation signifies the importance for world leaders to deliver concrete actions and credible plans aimed at achieving successful COP goals and coordinated action to tackle climate change.

Following the opening ceremony of the World Leaders Summit, led by the UK Prime Minister on 1 November, the high-level segment will begin with the delivery of national statements by Heads of State and Government. The statements will be webcast live.

List of speakers
New! Final list of speakers.

Schedule of the World Leaders Summit

1 November 

08:00 – 12:00Arrival of Heads of State and Government at Conference venue

12:00 – 13:00Opening ceremony

13:00 – 17:00National statements

2 November 

By 08:45Arrival of Heads of State and Government at Conference venue

09:00 – 17:00National statements

17:00 – 17:30Closing of World Leaders Summit

Interpretation in the official languages of the United Nations (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish) will be provided.

Access and copies of speeches
Special tickets will be required to access and attend the opening of the World Leaders Summit and to hear national statements. Hard copies of statements will not be circulated in the plenary during the high-level segment. Full texts of the official statements will be posted on the UNFCCC website.

Media arrangements and services
Media representatives are required to submit their accreditation application online here. This is the only official channel for media registration and the UNFCCC secretariat will not accept applications for accreditation via any other channel. Details regarding accreditation requirements are available here.

Further information, with relevant contacts, can be found here.

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