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Islands at COP26

Island Innovation is the go-to place for island news at COP26!

The vast majority of our community will not be physically present at COP26, but the decisions made by world leaders there will have significant long term effects for our global audience, especially those living on islands and coastal areas. During COP26 we are going to present an “Island Space” where we will share key insights and developments related to remote, rural and island communities. Through our global network, we will help to connect the COP26 conversation to a truly global audience!

It is vital to consider the unique climate-related challenges facing Small Island Developing States (SIDS) which experience extreme vulnerability to environmental disasters and rising sea levels. This is why the influence of organisations such as the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) is so crucial in helping to push for SIDS unique needs to be recognised. Given that 20% of UN member states are part of AOSIS, there will be many high-level discussions relating to the effects of climate change on these islands. Members of AOSIS have a strong block voice and will collaborate together to try to ensure that their interests are met.

But what about the islands not part of AOSIS?

Many islands are not members of AOSIS. Instead, they form territories or regions that are part of the larger states that represent them. The interests of these islanders are often substantially different to the states that govern them, as islands are more vulnerable to the effects of climate change than continental areas. We want to ensure they have a voice too and that their unique voices are heard!

What is the COP26?

COP26 is the 26th edition of the annual ‘Conference of the Parties’ and will be held in Glasgow, UK in November. The COP is the most important decision-making body of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), an international treaty in the global fight against climate change.

For almost three decades, world governments have been meeting yearly to create binding international agreements designed to tackle the global climate emergency. The 197 countries that have officially agreed to the Convention are known as Parties to the Convention. The ultimate aim is to prevent “dangerous human interference with the climate system”.

Why is COP26 so important?

During the past three decades that annual COP summits have taken place, the issue of climate change has risen dramatically in international importance, and the need to halt and reverse the negative effects are now understood to be a global priority. Because of this, COP26 is believed by most experts to have a unique urgency to it, rather than being simply another international summit.

This decade could be the world’s last chance to halt an irreversible runaway climate catastrophe, which is predicted to have devastating effects on all life on our planet.

A pivotal decision was made by leaders at the 2015 COP21 in Paris to aim to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees. This was the first climate agreement of its kind and became known as The Paris Agreement.

The vast majority of experts state there will be a significant loss of life and damage to livelihoods for every fraction of a degree that the global temperature increases.

Although The Paris Agreement was an unprecedented achievement at the time, leaders must agree at COP26 to take much more ambitious and bolder steps, if they hope to be able to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees.

Key themes for COP26


Secure global net zero and keep 1.5 degrees within reach.


Urgently adapt to protect communities and natural habitats.


Green transformation of financial systems.


Work together to deliver.

“Please, get involved in discussions with politicians and policymakers. Make clear to them the full scale of the threat of climate change, and the crisis that we will unleash if we do not act in time. And show them the benefits of the resilient, zero emission economy, whether for jobs, GDP, nature or health. Help governments to see clearly that they can, and they must, take critical steps now.” –

COP26 President Alok Sharma

Our Sponsors

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Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator

Headline Sponsor

The Accelerator is an entrepreneurial engine that catalyzes and accelerates priority initiatives toward a Climate-Smart Zone, delivering resilience, social development, and broad-based economic growth for the Caribbean.

Our central objective is to help transform the region’s economy by fast-tracking sound public and private investment opportunities that support climate action and economic growth through sustainable development.

Drawing on the deep experience of our nations and institutions, a group of twenty-seven visionary Caribbean Governments, alongside some of the largest global companies, financial institutions, and foundations have joined The Accelerator to make the Caribbean a beacon of climate-smart development.

Register for Updates

Register now to attend the various online events taking place from 1st-12th November 2021.

Registration is FREE, but spaces are limited, so reserve your spot now!

Can’t make the live event dates? No worries! Register for the event, and we’ll send you the replay link after the event. If you can attend live, you will be given the opportunity to ask questions to speakers and interact with other guests.

Please complete your registration today to ensure you get the latest updates, access to the live sessions and copies of the recordings!

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To stay updated with COP26, make sure to follow our social media accounts, where will be posting key takeaways from the conference each day.

Networking Sessions

Duration: 1 hour long each.

Monday 1 November – LIVE WEBINAR

Scottish Islands at COP.

Time: 09:00am EST, 14:00pm BST
Duration: 1 hour long.

Tuesday 2 November | LIVE WEBINAR

Ocean-Based Climate Action: Using the Power of the Ocean to Achieve the Paris Agreement (and Restore the Climate)

Time: 11:00am EST, 17:00pm BST
Duration: 1 hour long.

Tuesday 3 November | LIVE WEBINAR

Climate Change Message in a Bottle: Bringing the Voices of Island Youth to COP26

Time: 10:00am BST
Duration: 1 hour long.

Wednesday 10 November | LIVE WEBINAR

RACE TO WIN: Closing the Gap on Decarbonising the Caribbean – Sponsored by Island Space @ COP26 Headline Sponsor, The Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator

Time: 10:00am EST, 15:00pm BST
Duration: 1 hour long.

Live-Streamed Conversations with Experts

Duration: 20-40 minutes long each.

Daily bulletins will be released to those who’ve signed up for the Island Space. This will include the wider themes being discussed during the COP26 program and updates on what has been happening each day at the COP26 conference. Several daily updates will be posted each day of the COP26 conference via the Island Innovation social media channels (YouTube Channel, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram) and into the LinkedIn Group and Facebook Group.

Channels that you must follow!

COP26 News

Read all of the latest and most important COP26 news articles and conversations here.

Activists push to delay most high-profile climate summit since Paris agreement

Environmental activists, including Greenpeace and the Climate Action Network, around the world are calling on the United Nations to further delay a pivotal climate conference scheduled for this fall.


Scottish campaigners condemn Cop26 as ‘the most exclusionary ever’

Activists say almost 2,000 delegates on waiting list for place to stay owing to lack of affordable accommodation.


Britain Talks COP26: New insights on what the UK public want from the UN climate summit – Climate Outreach

This report is designed to support UK climate communicators and campaigners in engaging people around COP26 in ways that resonate across society


Milestone as Pacific Islands Leaders meet with the COP26 President-Designate

COP26 President-Designate Alok Sharma’s Chair’s summary from the Pacific-UK High Level Climate Dialogue, where Pacific Islands Leaders were brought together ahead of the UN climate change summit in November.


Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I attend the Island Space @ COP26?

Island Innovation’s mission is to drive sustainable change across islands and rural areas around the world. The devastating consequences of climate change due to rising greenhouse gas emissions are deeply concerning to us, as they have particularly severe consequences for islands. We are committed to helping our audience stay informed about this critical issue and doing everything in our power to help tackle the climate crisis!

COP26 is a crucial international summit that has the potential to turn the tide on global warming and avert the worst effects of climate change. We are planning to use this important opportunity by combining our knowledge of resilient, sustainable islands, with our proven ability to successfully collaborate with island communities around the world, to amplify the voices and knowledge of islanders to a global audience.

How much does the Island Space @ COP26 cost? Do I need anything to participate?

The island space is totally free!! You can sign up here, and all you need to take part is an internet connection and the Zoom webinar software.

How do I participate?

All are welcome to participate in the island space – feel free to invite friends and colleagues. Participants can take part in every session, or simply choose the sessions most relevant to them, and are all encouraged to join the social media conversation.

Will the Island Space be recorded?

The island space will be broadcast LIVE, taking place over multiple days in various time zones. Ideally, we want guests to join live as there will be opportunities to ask questions and interact with fellow attendees. However, all sessions (excluding the networking sessions) will be recorded and made available online a few weeks after the event.

What is Island Innovation?

Island Innovation is a global network that connects island stakeholders through digital communication and events. Our platform helps drive sustainable change across island and rural communities by sharing innovative projects and best practices. Island Innovation is a social enterprise that works with private sector companies, governments, universities, NGOs and utilities to connect them with the island stakeholders vital to the success of their sustainability projects.

Can I sponsor the Island Space?

We have limited opportunities for sponsors of specific sessions or the event as a whole. If you are interested in sponsoring the event, contact us here, and we will be in touch.

How can I get involved with Island Innovation?

Thanks for your support! If you want to get involved with Island Innovation, take a look at our Ambassador and Fellowship Programs.

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