UK to Host Global Summit on Climate and Development

UK to Host Global Summit on Climate and Development

COP26 President and Foreign Secretary Alok Sharma to co-host March 31st Summit on supporting countries most vulnerable to climate change.

Developing countries are now facing multiple threats from rising temperatures, economic shocks and COVID-19. Countries that are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change will be the focus of a UK summit later this month, as part of the road to COP26 in Glasgow this year.

Countries from across Africa, Asia and Small Island Developing States that are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change have been invited to join the event, alongside representatives from the G7, international institutions and major donor countries.

Many developing countries are experiencing the impacts of climate change – including flooding, drought and extreme temperatures. These countries are also facing challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting financial pressures. Developing countries have been at the frontlines of responding for decades and have a lot to teach the world about best practice.

“The world’s poor are disproportionately affected by these issues, but stand ready to meet this challenge. This process from the UK government is critical for bringing together experts from all regions to co-design practical solutions with developing countries to deliver a step-change on climate and development this year.”


– Andrew Norton, Director of the International Institute for Environment and Development

The Climate and Development Ministerial will bring together countries and partners to focus on how we work together on the most burning issues and prevent them from getting worse. This includes through mitigating the impacts of climate change, debt relief and access to finance.

The event, which will be hosted by the UK and co-chaired by the COP President, Alok Sharma and the Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, will be convened virtually on the 31st March. Anne-Marie Trevelyan, the UK International Champion on Adaptation and Resilience for COP26, will also attend.

The outcomes from this will help to shape the agenda in other key international fora through to COP26 and beyond.

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