The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, or COP26, is the world’s most important conference on climate change. The first conference was held in 1995 in Berlin, Germany, and over 25 years later, the conference is now being held in Glasgow, Scotland.

Starting Oct. 31 through Nov. 12, leaders and diplomats from around the world are convening to work out the details of new climate accords and set the course for the phasing out of fossil fuel use. Amid a year marked with climate extremes and devastating environmental disasters, COP26 has taken on special importance as a potential turning point in the fight against climate change.

The USC Global Policy Institute’s COP26 series will explore the conference, issues related to climate change and the environmental movement altogether. Follow along as we publish articles throughout the duration of the conference and host COP 26-related events and programs.

In November, the UK, together with our partners Italy, will host an event many believe to be the world’s best last chance to get runaway climate change under control. 

COP26 UK Organizers


If you’re interested in learning more about the COP26 summit and how the conference will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement, read more here.

Watch Live

Throughout the conference, the United Nations YouTube channel is live streaming the conference and meetings.

Tune in here:

USC Initiatives

How else are USC students and faculty focusing on the COP 26 conference?

Check out this USC News article on recent initiatives, classes and programs.


Read more about the conference and the global state of climate action through our editorial work. As the conference progresses, GPI’s editorial team will continue to publish up-to-date news, opinion and face-off articles.

Upcoming Events

GPI will be partnering with the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies to host an event on the conference and its climate change objectives.

Stay tuned for more information TBA.

GPI COP26: What’s At Stake Project

Editors: Matt Slade, Delarai Sadeghitari, Mia Speier
Contributors: Ben Blum, Aaron Smith, Sabrina Pierre, Si Yun Ee, Amanda Wilson, Lan Duong, Ezi Ogbuli, Sangeeta Kishore, Mane Berikyan, Tianze Li, Darcy Bond, Bea Heard, Vincent Hultsch, Emily Morris, Arshia Alguneh, Diana Cantini, Isabel Lobo, Allison Walsh, Leo Chu, Eva Hartman, Liam Rinehart, Mallory Willson, Ava Motamedi, Delarai Sadeghitari, Matt Slade