Who can attend COP26?

There are three categories of attendees permitted to attend COP26. 

These are representatives of Parties to the Convention and Observer States, members of the press and media, and representatives of observer organisations.

I’m a member of the public, how can I get involved?

As a member of the public, there will be a variety of ways to get involved in COP26:
  • By attending as a representative of an observer organisation:
    • Certain NGOs (non-governmental organisations) and IGOs (inter-governmental organisations) have observer status to attend COP26. 
    • More information on which organisations are permitted observer status can be found on the UNFCCC website here.
  • Through volunteering: 
    • There will be a number of volunteering opportunities available over the course of the two week conference. Please email [email protected] stating whether you would like us to hold your contact details on our database, and we will be in touch in due course with more detail on how to apply for these volunteering positions.
  • You can also get involved by exhibiting, performing or hosting an event within the two week programme.

I want to exhibit, perform, or host an event at COP26. How do I get involved?

We are keen to work with academia, business, the arts, cultural institutions, NGOs and youth groups to identify opportunities within the programme of events in Glasgow for you to get involved and have your voice heard at COP26.

If you are keen to exhibit, perform, form part of a panel discussion, host a bespoke event such as a talk or a report launch, or provide some other sort of cultural service, we would love to hear from you.

Please send [email protected] a brief email outlining your proposal and we will be in touch to discuss potential opportunities.

I am an environmental specialist and would like to get involved in COP26.

The UK Government will be tendering for a number of contracts, which will include a sustainability expert. 

All upcoming UK Government contracts will be advertised on Contracts Finder and Public Contracts Scotland. Suppliers can register with these sites and set up email alerts to see all services the UK Government needs.

I am an interpreter/comms expert, how can I be involved in COP26?

Full time members of the UN interpreter’s cadre provide official interpretation at the COP, and the UN will not be recruiting specifically for the event. 

However, we are aware that individual delegations do sometimes hire interpreters to assist during smaller meetings and events. 

You may wish to look out for these opportunities or contact the relevant Embassy in the UK to offer your services.

There will also be a number of broader volunteering opportunities available during COP26, for which language skills will be particularly useful. 

Please email [email protected] stating whether you would like us to hold your contact details on our database, and we will be in touch in due course with more detail on how to apply for these volunteering positions.

I am a commercial supplier interested in providing goods or services for COP26. How can I register my interest?

All upcoming UK Government contracts will be advertised on Contracts Finder and Public Contracts Scotland. Suppliers can register with these sites and set up email alerts to see all services the UK Government needs.

I run a B&B/have a property that I’m happy to rent for COP26 attendees. Are you interested? Can you advertise this for me?

We are working with a company to provide a hotel booking service for the event and the website is due to go live shortly. 

Please email [email protected] with your details, and confirm whether you are happy for your contact details to be passed on to those suppliers.

We will pass on contact details for info only and will not make any representation on your behalf (e.g. making recommendations, introductions etc.). The UK Government makes no guarantee of business. 

The decision about whether to use your services will be made by the event delivery supplier, which the UK Government will not influence in any way. 

Unfortunately, the UK Government is not able to give out event delivery supplier contact details at present.


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