The conference brought together the Labour Party and sister parties from Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans to discuss the outcomes of COP26.
Ed Miliband MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Climate Change and Net Zero, led the first session on COP26 and Environmental Policy Making. This was an opportunity to discuss the main outcomes of COP26, their translation into policy and keeping environmental issues on the political agenda.
This was followed by a session with Matthew Pennycook MP, former Shadow Minister for Climate Change, who spoke about COP26 and tackling climate change. This session concluded with a discussion with participants on the overall success of COP26.
In the afternoon session, Preet Kaur Gill MP, Shadow Minister for International Development, led the discussion on advancing gender equality in climate action. The group discussed the links between gender inequality and climate change, how men and women may experience the impacts of climate change differently, and the importance of improving women’s representation in environmental policymaking.
The final session of the day focused on youth activism and climate change. Participants discussed whether the youth wings in their parties were prioritising climate change as a political issue, and how their parties could support increasing youth activism on this issue in the future.
This event used the opportunity of COP26 and the international focus on climate change to bring together representatives from our partner organisations to discuss their views on the outcomes of the COP26 global conference, and share their knowledge and experience of wider environmental issues.
It was also an opportunity to demonstrate Labour’s commitment to working with sister parties to strengthen international cooperation and work together around environmental issues.