Glasgow Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 26) - 31 Oct to 12 Nov 2021

Trade, Biodiversity and Climate Change

Lineup from the GCRF TRADE Hub

Blue Zone | High-level dialogue on sustainable trade, climate and nature: How can cooperation on trade support climate action and sustainable development? 

Date: 6th Nov 2021

12:10 to 14:10 PM GMT

Zone: By joining this session online, you will have the chance to engage with an event taking place in the blue zone in Glasgow. You will have access to both the livestream and Q&A. 

Live Broadcast: 12:10 to 14:10 PM GMT (UK Time)


Segment 1 (12:10-12:50)
• Inger Andersen, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme
• Rebeca Grynspan, Secretary-General, UNCTAD
• Pamela Coke-Hamilton, Executive Director, International Trade Centre
• Mari Pangestu, Managing Director of Development Policy and Partnerships, World Bank
• Jean-Marie Paugam, Deputy Director-General, WTO

Segment 2 (12:50-13:30)
• Valdis Dombrovskis Executive Vice-President of the European Commission
• Andrés Valenciano Yamuni, Minister of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica
• Participation by three further trade Ministers (Canada, Jamaica, Indonesia, Kenya and Bangladesh have also been invited) will be confirmed on October 25.

Segment 3 (13:30-14:10)
• Neil Burgess, Chief Scientist, UNEP-WCMC, Trade Hub
• John Denton, Secretary-General, International Chamber of Commerce
• Roopa Mehta, President, World Fair Trade Organisation

Further speakers to be announced. 

Chatham House, the GCRF TRADE Hub, UN Environment Programme, and the Forum on Trade, Environment & the SDGs (TESS), are convening a high-level dialogue at COP26 on how trade and trade policy can support nature positive climate action and sustainable development. Speakers will address three key themes:  

  • Multilateral approaches and the role of international organisations.
  • Opportunities for trade ministers to support action on climate mitigation and adaptation
  • Stakeholder perspectives on opportunities to align climate and trade agendas and strategies to build cooperation.

Partners: GCRF TRADE Hub, UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and the Forum on Trade, Environment & the SDGs (TESS) 

How to register? 

Registration is complimentary to all members of the public here:

Registration for the Chatham House Climate Risk and Security Pavilion: 

By registering for the Chatham House COP26 pavilion, you are able to access any event taking place on the platform from 1st to 11th November. An agenda for the fortnight, and daily reminders will be emailed to you so you can attend sessions and view the content of most relevance to you, and at your leisure.

Indonesia Country Pavilion | Session on sustainable trade and peatland management for emissions reduction and community livelihoods

Date: 10th Nov 2021

03:30-05:00 AM GMT/ 10:40 – 12:00 WIB

Register for the Indonesia pavilion

In coordination with the main organizer, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF) of Indonesia, CIFOR will run this session for the Indonesia Pavilion in the COP26 Summit, under the theme ‘Sustainable trade and peatland management for emissions reduction and community livelihoods’. It is also co-hosted with the UKRI GCRF Trade, Development, and the Environment Hub (UKRI GCRF TRADE Hub) that is led by UNEP-WCMC.

This session will explore different approaches to address tropical forest sustainability in Indonesia, such as community-based peatland restoration, emission reduction and carbon trading, as well as sustainable agricultural commodity trade that  contributes towards biodiversity conservation, community livelihood enhancement, and emissions reduction.

The session is expected to:
1. Promote a comprehensive understanding of the current sustainability, emission reduction, and associated issues in Indonesia and approaches being taken to address them.
2. Facilitate cross-learning and knowledge sharing on the approaches for sustainability, emission reduction, and associated issues, e.g. sustainable trade, community-based payment for environmental services.
3. Identify transformative innovations and approaches
using the lens of sustainable trade, peatland management, and ecological restoration.

Read the full agenda here

Would you like a post-COP26 debrief on trade, biodiversity and climate change?

green palm field

The next webinar in our series Trade and Nature: Trade-offs and Solutions is scheduled for Tuesday 23rd November | 12:00 – 13:00 GMT, titled: Trade, Biodiversity and Climate Change. Please register your attendance here:

Confirmed speakers for this webinar include:

  • Simon Sharpe, Deputy Director and Policy Lead, 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26), Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) of the UK government
  • Prof. Tim Benton, Research Director, Emerging Risks/ Director, Environment and Society Programme (Chatham House) and lead on GCRF TRADE Hub
  • Marcelo Furtado, Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) and partner at ZScore, a traceability platform for environmental assets using blockchain technology, and Board Chair at World Resources Institute (WRI) Brazil
  • Prof Herry Purnomo, Scientist, CIFOR, and Co-ordinator of TRADE Hub Indonesia

Lineup of partner events

Dates: 1-12 Nov 2021

08:00-17:00 GMT

At the Science Street, Green Zone, Glasgow UK

At the UKRI exhibition stand on 3rd November 2021, find out more about how UKRI invests in research and businesses to transform our economy and jobs for the future, including developing green financial solutions to address climate change. GCRF TRADE Hub’s Prof. Neil Burgess will be present at the green zone pavilion on this day.

Some of the other experts available on the stand at various times throughout the day will be:
• Professor Tim Jackson, Professor of Sustainable Development and Director of the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP), University of Surrey
• Jessica Omukuti, UKRI COP26 Research Fellow, Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre (IGDC), University of York
• Dr Nicola Ranger, Deputy Director of the UK Centre for Greening Finance and Investment
• Christophe Christiaen, UK Centre for Greening Finance and Investment
• Professor Ed Hawkins MBE, Professor of Climate Science at The University of Reading and creator of Climate Stripes
• Jamie Brogan, Co-investigator Place Based Climate Action Network (PCAN)
• Simon Moore, Place Based Climate Action Network (PCAN)
• Tracy Irvine, Managing Director/Co-Founder, Oasis Hub
• Louise Wilson, Joint Managing Director, Abundance Investments
• Stafford Lloyd, Innovation Lead, UKRI Innovate UK

Full UKRI COP26 Agenda here

Date: 28 Oct 2021

10:10 AM – 11:00 AM GMT +1

Co-hosted by the UN Environment Programme and the University of Oxford, this session will consider the need for nature-positive universities. An exploration of the university experience in implementing environmental sustainability strategies and work on biodiversity will be followed by a discussion between vice-chancellors from around the world on how they can progress this important agenda.

Register here

Additional resources

GCRF TRADE Hub webinar on 'Biodiversity and International Trade Policy'

GCRF TRADE Hub webinar on 'Metrics and tools for evidence-based trade decisions'