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Glasgow to host 30,000 at climate change conference COP26

Glasgow will welcome 30,000 delegates, including 200 world leaders, to discuss the climate change emergency when it hosts the 26th Conference of the Parties – or COP26 – next year.

The Scottish Event Campus (SEC) will stage the event in November 2020. Following a partnership with Italy, the United Kingdom won the bid to host the event, which is designed to produce a response to the climate change emergency. Glasgow will host the main conference with the preparatory and youth events being held in Italy.

Peter Duthie, CEO at the SEC, said: “We are honoured to have been nominated as the host venue for the COP26 United Nations Climate Change–(UNFCCC) conference next year.

“This is an incredibly important event for Glasgow, Scotland and the UK at a crucial time for governments across the world as they address the escalating issue of climate change. The campus is committed to providing the best possible environment for world-class events and securing a conference of this calibre is testament to our long term vision for attracting globally significant meetings. We look forward to the formal acceptance of the UK bid at COP25 in Santiago.”

This year’s event is being held in December, in Santiago, Chile.

The COP26 win is another boost for the SEC, coming just months after the venue had its most financially successful year since 2014 – the year that the Commonwealth Games visited Glasgow.

The venue’s trading turnover increased by 21 per cent to £35.1 million and contributed an average of £1.5m per day to the Glasgow economy in 2018/19, generating a total of £457m in the year.

Conferences at SEC enjoyed a record year, increasing by 55 per cent, fuelled by 12 international events, large UK conferences and corporate meetings, tallying 89 meetings in total.

On the same note, 47 exhibitions were staged at SEC last year – which grew the sector by three per cent.

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