COP26 – UN Climate Summit

Since 1995, the United Nations has been bringing together countries to engage in global climate summits – called COPs – which stands for ‘Conference of the Parties’.

COP26 is the 2021 United Nations climate change conference. It is the 26th annual summit – giving it the name COP26. With the UK as President, COP26 takes place in Glasgow from Sunday, 31 October to Friday, 12 November 2021.

Governments and negotiators from 197 countries will meet to discuss how to keep temperature rise below dangerous levels and to prevent further climate change.

COP26 in Glasgow represents an urgent summons to provide effective responses to the unprecedented ecological crisis and the crisis of values that we are presently experiencing, and in this way to offer concrete hope to future generations

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COP26: A Guide

CAFOD, the official aid agency for the Catholic Church in England and Wales, has produced a useful guide to COP26 and how you can get involved.

Prayer for COP26

In the run-up and during the summit, we invite you to pray that the leaders and negotiators work together for positive outcomes for people and for our common home.

Loving God,
We praise your name with all you have created.
You are present in the whole universe,
and in the smallest of creatures.
We acknowledge the responsibilities you have placed upon us
as stewards of your creation.
May the Holy Spirit inspire all political leaders at COP26 as they
seek to embrace the changes needed to foster a more sustainable society.
Instil in them the courage and gentleness to implement fairer solutions
for the poorest and most vulnerable,
and commit their nations to the care of Our Common Home.
We ask this through Our Lord Jesus Christ your Son.

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Environment Case Studies

These case studies provide examples of how parishes, organisations, academic institutions, and other church groups are collaborating to help protect our common home. Read more here.

News and Statements

You can visit our archive of posts and pages relating to the COP26 UN Climate Summit.

Pray for COP26

In the run-up and during the summit, we invite you to pray that the leaders and negotiators work together for positive outcomes for people and for our common home.

Pope Francis' COP26 Reflection

In a reflection given to BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day programme, Pope Francis looks ahead to the COP26 UN climate summit and challenges us to work together to offer a radical new outlook on how we tackle climate change.

Cardinal writes to Prime Minister ahead of COP26

Ahead of the meeting of world leaders at the COP26 UN climate summit, Cardinal Vincent Nichols has written to the Prime Minister to express the hopes of the Catholic community in England and Wales.

COP26: Bishops' Opening Statement

Catholic Bishops call on COP26 leaders to maintain the commitment to keep the global temperature rise below 1.5 degrees.

Pope's Address to COP26 President and Leaders

On 2 November 2021, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Secretary of State for the Holy See and head of the Vatican delegation in Glasgow, read out Pope Francis’ message to Alok Sharma, President of the COP26 UN Climate Summit.

COP26: Vocation

Archbishop Malcolm McMahon and Bishop John Arnold, our Lead Bishops for Vocations and the Environment respectively, have issued a joint statement highlighting how the call to responsible stewardship of God’s world is the “original” Christian vocation.

COP26: Schools and Colleges

A COP26 statement by Bishops Stock and Arnold lauding the action and commitment of Catholic school pupils in their response to the ecological crisis.