The work related to the COP26 is gearing up as the sessions draw closer. Although there are some doubts still in the air regarding the dates of the event, non-governmental organizations are striving to enhance meaningful participation as much as possible, given the COVID-19 pandemic. Although physical participation is quite uncertain, mainly for youth, and non-governmental sectors, there is an urgent need to push for more ambition from the member states.
The Science Policy Circle is contributing to this year's COP in several avenues. SPC has joined hands with the Center for Environment and Development (CED) in Sri Lanka for a regional NDCs analysis specifically focussing on the impacts of the ongoing pandemic. SPC members will support this effort with research and evaluation. SPCM has collaborated with CED a few times before on key publications in climate financing, local resource mobilization for inclusive transformation, and voluntary people's review for the sustainable development goals (SDGs).
Furthermore, two of the SPC members are currently serving as the Global Focal Points of the SDG7 youth constituency of the Major Group for Children and Youth. They have been selected to participate and support the technical working groups of the High-Level Dialogue on Energy (HLDE) which will take place during the General Assembly 2021. The outcomes of the HLDE will also feed into the COP26. Additionally, the two young people have been included in the recently established Global Commission on People-Centered Clean Energy Transition by the International Energy Agency (IEA) which further provides an avenue for them to include inputs strengthening the youth perspective in the climate-energy conversations.
SPC is, therefore, in an ideal position to provide effective inputs to the upcoming climate meeting in Glasgow, at the moment planned to take place from 1-12 November 2021. We wish to post further updates as we go forward in the year.
Outcomes of the COP25: https://sdg.iisd.org/news/chilemadrid-climate-change-conference-closes-with-limited-ambition/