COP26 is the United Nations conference on climate change of 2021.
World leaders began arriving on Monday at the climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland critical to averting the most disastrous effects of climate change, their challenge made even more daunting by the failure of major industrial nations to agree ambitious new commitments.
Leaders arriving on Monday included Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Britain’s Prince Charles and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The COP26 conference opens a day after the G20 economies failed to commit to a 2050 target to halt net carbon emissions – a deadline widely cited as necessary to prevent the most extreme global warming.
Many of those leaders take to the stage in Glasgow on Monday to defend their records and in some cases make new pledges at the start of two weeks of negotiations that conference host Britain is billing as make-or-break.