COP26 Charter of Actions: Rallying the Global Community

The 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change will be held from 1–12 November 2021 in Glasgow and will aim to mobilize the action on mitigation, adaptation, and resilience, and strengthen the narrative for better alignment with sustainable development goals.

There is a need to address the developmental deficit in emerging economies such as India while simultaneously taking measures to limit global warming as agreed in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Climate Change Agreement. The COP26 Charter of Actions is a knowledge document prepared by The Energy and Resources Institute which will assimilate questions and thematic options which can advance climate action and ambition in the country and globally. Issues emanating from the COP26 discussions and the Charter would culminate in a review at a plenary session at the World Sustainable Development Summit 2022, which would assess the efforts of international climate negotiations in securing a sustainable future, and deliberate on future actions. The Charter will examine the themes of equity, green finance, nature-based solutions, adaptation & resilience, energy, clean transport, and business actions.

The Charter activities are supported by the British High Commission, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation and Tata Cleantech Capital.

Stakeholder Dialogues

The Charter team organized stakeholder roundtables with the following objectives.

Objective 1: Engage with stakeholders and experts on green finance to solicit feedback for the COP26 Charter of Actions.

Objective 2: Solicit inputs from stakeholders and experts on aspects related to implications for the international community, equity, actions by 2030, and actions by 2050.

Five stakeholders on the following thematic issues we organized:

  • Energy
  • Clean transport
  • Nature-based solutions
  • Adaptation & resilience
  • Green finance

  • National Conference

    A high-level seminar was organized on 13 October 2021 where the messages from the Charter were disseminated, and discussions were held which were aimed at raising ambition at the national and global level. More details can be found here.

    Launch in Glasgow

    The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and TERI School of Advanced Studies, in collaboration with German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU), WiseEuropa -The Warsaw Institute for Economic and European Studies Foundation (WiseEuropa), and Ecologic Institute is organizing a UNFCCC official side event, titled, "Beyond Climate Neutrality: Using LTS to Chart an Equitable Path for a Resilient Planet", on 6th November 2021, 10:15-11:30 PM IST (4:45-6:00 PM GMT).

    The objective of the event is to support a decision at the COP26 on LTS. The formulation and review of national LTS, geared towards adaptation and global climate stabilization and consistent with the sustainability agenda and other LTS, should become a perpetual process. The event will also showcase research initiatives by the organizers. From TERI, this event will see the launch of the COP26 Charter of Actions. Details can be found here.

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