COP26 event “Addressing climate change impacts on cultural and natural heritage: The Way Forward”

Addressing climate change impacts on cultural and natural heritage – The Way Forward” is a high level event organized by the Government of Greece in the framework of COP26 on 2 November 2021 from 17.00 to 20.30 CET.

This High-Level Event will focus on the interconnection and interdependence between our heritage – natural and cultural – and the impacts of climate change. Furthermore, it aims to promote the inclusion of cultural heritage into National Adaptation Plans, as well as the exchange of best practices to improve the resilience of world’s monuments and cultural/natural sites to the impacts of climate change.

Participants will also explore policy avenues and actions, as well as awareness raising and capacity building initiatives, with the view to further enhance the goals of the UN Initiative “Addressing climate change impacts on cultural and natural heritage”, driven by Greece at the UN level.

It will gather high-level representatives of the Greek government (including Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis), UNESCO (including Director-General Audrey Azoulay), the European Commission (Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans and Vice-President Margaritis Schinas), the United Nations (Secretary of State John Kerry) and the World Meteorological Organisation, as well as Ministers from Tuvalu, Israel, Portugal, Poland, Egypt, Jordan, North Macedonia and the United Arab Emirates. The civil society will be represented by Europa Nostra, with the participation of our Secretary General, ICOMOS and the World Human Forum.

How to participate?

Register here to follow this event online or watch the livestream of the event at the COP26 YouTube channel and follow the debate on social media (#ClimateHeritage, #CultureCOP26).

For more information on the programme of the COP26 visit here.

The event will take place physically in the European Union Pavilion of the COP26, on 11 November 2021 at 18.00 CET. Browse the programme of the EU Pavillion at the COP26 here.