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Environment ministers and officials were expected to meet at the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, United Kingdom. The UK was assuming the COP26 Presidency, in partnership with Italy. The twelve-day UN conference takes place from 31 October - 12 November 2021 and targeted to bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. It had been originally scheduled for Noevember 2020 but had to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

COP26 also followed up on the Paris Climate Change Agreement, when for the first time ever, every country had agreed to work together to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees and aim for 1.5 degrees. Up to 30,000 delegates from all over the world - negotiators, government representatives, businesses and citizens - plus more than 120 world leaders were expected to arrive in Scotland.

The talks were the latest in an annual series of UN meetings that have their seeds in the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio, which aimed at coordinating international action against climate change.

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