Preparations for the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meetings (Glasgow, 31 October – 12 November 2021)

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Publication Date 06/10/2021
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Set of conclusions adopted by the Council of the European Union at a meeting on 6 October 2021, setting the EU’s position for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26).

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The conclusions emphasise the urgency to step up the global response to address the climate emergency and underline the need for a just and fair climate transition across the world. They call upon all parties to come forward with ambitious Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and recognise the need to step up adaptation efforts collectively.

The Council recalls that the European Union (EU) and its Member States are the world's leading contributors of climate finance. The conclusions reconfirm their commitment to step up the mobilisation of international climate finance and invite other developed countries to scale up their contributions. The Council also lays down the EU’s position as regards the finalisation of the Paris Rulebook, in particular the voluntary cooperation under Article 6 and a common timeframe for NDCs

These conclusions constitute the EU’s overarching mandate for the meeting. A more specific mandate for the EU's negotiators as concerns the financing aspects was adopted separately by the Council.

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Reuters, 06/10/2021: EU to back five-year targets at COP26 climate talks
EurActiv, 07/10/2021: EU ministers sign off on COP26 position, with one caveat

Council of the European Union: Press Release, 06/10/2021: Council sets EU's position for COP26 climate summit
Slovenian Council Presidency: Press Release, 06/10/2021: Environmental ministers adopt EU mandate for climate change conference in Glasgow in November

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