According to details unveiled by the Cabinet Office yesterday, beginning with the World Leaders Summit on 1 and 2 November, cross-cutting themes like science, innovation and inclusivity will run throughout the programme, as will the need to mitigate climate change, adapt to its impacts, and mobilise public and private finance.
Exhibitions and events in the UK-run zones in Glasgow will also feature throughout the programme to “showcase progress from the whole of society, government and businesses”, the cabinet office said.
The presidency programme will run alongside the formal negotiations which sit at the heart of the UN summit and will focus on closing off the outstanding aspects of the Paris Agreement, according to the Cabinet Office.
COP26 President Alok Sharma said: “The COP26 summit in Glasgow is our best hope of safeguarding the planet for everyone, building a brighter future and keeping the 1.5C target alive.
“I have been pleased to see progress and momentum on the four key goals I have been taking to governments across the world and the presidency programme will continue this throughout the two weeks of the summit.
“From finance to energy and gender to adaptation these are vital issues that need to be addressed to make COP26 inclusive and successful.”
The Cabinet Office said a detailed programme and negotiations schedule will be published “in due course”.