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After COP26, What Next?

COP26 is the most important climate conference since the Paris Agreement in 2015. But what happens after the negotiations have closed in Glasgow in November?

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In this panel discussion—bringing to a close our Climate Talks series, which began in January 2021—a panel of climate scientists, policymakers and activists came together to review the successes and shortcomings of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26).  

The panel gave a breakdown of what was committed to at the conference to ensure that the world reduces its carbon emissions by half by the end of the decade and reaches Net Zero by 2050. The panel also assessed the challenges to nations committing to those commitments. 

Speakers include: 

  • Dr Radhika Khosla: Research Director of the Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development and Associate Professor at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford 
  • Wanjuhi Njoroge: Climate activist, forest restoration advocate, entrepreneur and founder of People Planet Africa
  • Dr Myrna Cunningham KainChair of the Fund for the Development of the Indigenous Peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Alison Campbell: Deputy Lead Negotiator, COP26
  • Professor Jim Skea CBE: Chair in Sustainable Energy, Imperial College Centre for Environmental Policy, and Co-chair of Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
  • Qasa Alom (Chair): Investigative journalist who has presented numerous documentaries and programmes for TV and radio across various BBC outlets, including Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live