How Could Conference of the Parties Impact Indigenous Clean Energy?

By Freddie Campbell, Global Hub Program Lead

What is Conference of the Parties (COP)?

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was established in 1992 to support a global response to human impacts contributing to climate change. The member Parties meet annually to set national and international goals to reduce negative environmental impacts. In 2015, the Paris Agreement was established as a legally binding international treaty that was adopted by 196 Parties at the Conference of the Parties 21 (COP21) to hold countries and territories accountable for greenhouse gas reduction and to support long-term economic growth, capacity building, technology innovation and infrastructure transitions, to name a few.

It has been over five years since the Paris Agreement has been in place, and this year’s COP should include updated country plans to ambitiously reduce emissions.

When and where will it take place?

COP26 will take place in Glasgow, Scotland in November 2021 with the vision of a green transition that “supports adaption to protect communities and natural habitats; mobilises finance, and works together to deliver climate goal.”

The road to COP26 has and continues to highlight community voices and experiences to impact the changes needed in all sectors that align with a just transition.

How can it make an impact?

The COP processes offer a multitude of opportunities for engagement, dialogue, strategy, and international targets and/or agreements such as treaties. The conferences are not only an opportunity for political levels to converge but for civil society and communities to bring forward gaps and needs that should be included in the discussions.

Why does it relate to Indigenous Clean Energy?

There are and continue to be incredible success stories from Indigenous-led and partnered-clean energy projects that had a host of environmental, social, and economic impacts. This is something that could be shared with communities and partners around the world to accelerate a just clean energy transition. COP26 provides a global stage to bring Indigenous voices and action to the forefront of climate action.

At ICE’s session, participants can expect to: 1) Hear Indigenous clean energy voices and perspectives at the forefront of global climate action; 2) Interact with the global state of community-centered REMs as a part of climate solutions and how they can be financed; 3) Collaborate on an action plan for REMs to reduce energy poverty and replace reliance on fossil fuels.

We would also like to note that this is an invitation for collaboration and we would welcome any and all participation and knowledge exchange now and beyond COP26.

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