On November 18, at 10:30 Moscow time (GMT+3), the Valdai Club hosted an expert discussion on the results of COP26, titled “From Paris to Glasgow: The Victory of Scepticism or Real Progress?”
The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26, has ended in Glasgow. The purpose of the conference was to summarise the results of the five-year period since the adoption of the climate agreements in Paris. According to the representatives of the Western countries, it was supposed to become a “moment of truth” for the whole world. At the same time, the conference was doomed to fail according to many experts, who argued that given the current economic conditions and pandemic-driven crisis it was impossible to achieve the intended goals — first of all, to prevent the temperature rising on Earth to more than 1.5º C above pre-industrial levels.
What are the general results of the conference? Did it really contribute to the fight against climate change? What are the current forecasts regarding the achievement the goals agreed upon Paris in 2015? Why is the world still divided over how to combat climate change? Is it surmountable? These and other questions will be answered by the participants in the discussion.