COP26: Events guide


The United Nations Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP26) is set to be a landmark moment for climate action and represents a critical opportunity for governments to decisively raise their ambition and make much-needed commitments to address the climate crisis. As the opening approaches, we have put together a day-by-day guide of what to expect from the official Presidency Programme as well as some highlights from the wide range of side events and other activities taking place – both virtually and in person.

Week two:

Monday 8 November: Adaptation, loss and damage

While mitigation tends to dominate the discussion on climate action, it is important that our economies and societies adapt in response to the unavoidable impacts that it will have, particularly in the developing world. During Adaptation Day, look out for insights from some of the communities most heavily affected by the changing climate as well as discussions amongst leaders on how we can build and finance a more climate-resilient future.

Additional event highlights:

  • Enhancing Biodiversity: the view through an investor lens. 10:00-10:45am. Chaired by IIGCC, the panel will explore how investors can manage biodiversity risk and opportunities in their portfolio, showcasing investment case studies. Speakers include Marion Maloney of the Environment Agency Pension Fund and Teresa Farmaki of Astarte Capital Partners. In person event at Federated Hermes Skypark. To attend please send a request to Marion Maloney.
  • World Climate Summit: 11.30 – 12.30 GMT – The Investment COP: From Investment Pledges to Active Strategies – Reaching Targets by 2030. Speakers include Stephanie Pfeifer – IIGCC, Andreas Fruschki – Allianz Global Investors, Amanda O’Toole – AXA Investment Management, and Akira Sugano – Asset Management One. Register to attend virtually or in person.

Tuesday 9 November: Genders + Science and innovation

As part of the commitment to an inclusive COP, events for Gender Day will focus on how women, girls and marginalise people are disproportionately impacted by climate change and why their engagement and leadership will be important in delivering solutions. Meanwhile, the science and innovation focused events will highlight the role that this can play in providing much-needed solutions to keep us on track to achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Additional event highlights:

  • Net Zero Pension Summit: 12.30 – 14.00 GMT – Exploring the role of pension funds in the low carbon transition. Speakers include Faith Ward – IIGCC and Brunel Pension Partnership, David Russell – USS, Barry O’Dwyer – Royal London, Eva Cairns – abrdn, Tim Orton – Aegon UK and Louisa Knox – Shepherd and Wedderburn. Register here.
  • Sustainable Innovation Forum: 15.00 GMT – Balancing risk and return in new financial models: managing physical climate risk in portfolios. Speakers include Steven Bullock – S&P Global, Jakob Thomä – 2° Investing Initiative, Maryam Golnaraghi – The Geneva Association and Marion Maloney – the Environment Agency Pension Fund. Register to attend virtually or in person.

Wednesday 10 November: Transport

The transition to zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) needs to accelerate dramatically if we are to keep the 1.5°C goal in reach. As we reach a tipping point, Transport Day will bring together leaders from across the sector to discuss how we kick start the mass market for ZEVs and galvanise action to decarbonise other forms of transport, including aviation and shipping.

Thursday 11 November: Cities, regions and built environment

Subnational leaders need to accelerate action on emissions mitigation for the built environment sector. Events on cities, regions and the built environment will bring together national, regional and city leaders as well as the private sector to discuss collaboration on driving climate action over the next ten years.

Additional event highlights:

  • The Investor Agenda: 15.00 – 16.15 GMT – Accelerating global investor actions for a net-zero emissions economy. Speakers include Betty Yee – CalPERS and CalSTRS, Deanne Stewart – Aware Super, Fabio Alperowitch – Fama Investimentos, Faith Ward – IIGCC and Brunel Pension Partnership and Hidenao Makiuchi – Dai-Ichi Life International Europe. Register to attend virtually or in person (requires UNFCCC Blue Zone pass).

Friday 12 November: Closure of negotiations

Additional event highlights:

  • Carbon Tracker Initiative, IIGCC, Ceres and PRI: 11:00 GMT – The importance of accounting for material climate-related issues in financial reporting. Speakers include Barbara Davidson – Carbon Tracker Initiative, Anne Simpson – CalPERS, Natasha Landell-Mills – Sarasin & Partners, Nick Anderson – IFRS, Bridget Beals – KPMG, and David Pitt-Watson – Cambridge Judge Business School and UNEP-FI. Register to attend virtually or in person.


IIGCC will be in Glasgow for the duration of the COP and will be providing regular updates on investment-related developments throughout the coming weeks. For as-it-happens news, updates will be shared on the COP26 website, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube channel.