Ahead of the UK hosting the 26th UN Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP26) in November 2021 CPA UK, in partnership with the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), delivered a Commonwealth Parliamentary Forum on Climate Change.
In line with one of CPA UK’s thematic areas of interest, Security, the Forum provided an arena where parliamentarians from across the Commonwealth could consider the detrimental impact of climate change on global security. Legislators were challenged to think about how they could help reverse these impacts. Parliamentarians in attendance aimed to set an agenda for the Commonwealth community to progress towards COP26 in November with ambitious goals, advancing the interests of the most vulnerable states.
To ensure that forum was inclusive to all the Commonwealth when factoring time zones, two Forums were delivered. An Asia Pacific Forum took place from 15-16 March 2021 and welcomed 116 delegates from 20 parliaments. This Forum looked at issues of particular relevance to the Asia Pacific region, which is one of the most vulnerable regions in the world. Some of the main areas discussed were the loss and damage that is already being faced by states in the Asia Pacific region, how to establish co-ordinated solutions to these problems, and creating a plan for amplifying the concerns of the Pacific region in the global agenda. Honourable Andleeb Abbas from the Parliament of Pakistan, along with others, drew parallels to the crisis posed by COVID19 and climate change, saying that “no one is safe until everyone is safe”.
The following week, from 22-24 March 2021, CPA UK welcomed over 150 delegates from 42 legislatures across the Commonwealth.
Map of participating legislatures