How is the global community responding to climate change? The UNFCCC

Panel session at the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties in Madrid. Image: Anglican Alliance / Elizabeth Perry

Most of the world’s countries are member parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change: UNFCCC.

The Conference of the Parties (COP) is the decision-making body of the UNFCCC. All States that are Parties to the Convention are represented at the COP, which happens annually, each time in a different location.

COP21, in 2015, saw the adoption of the Paris Agreement, the landmark agreement to combat climate change to which almost every country is the world has signed up.

The most recent COP, COP25 was held in Madrid, Spain. Several Anglicans were at the conference: Anglican voices at COP25.

COP26 will be held in Glasgow, in the UK. This fifth anniversary of the historic Paris climate agreement is a scheduled milestone for all nations to significantly increase their ambition for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Pilgrimage to Paris ahead of COP21. Image: John Leston.