The 26th Session (COP26) of the United Nations Framework Agreement on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties will be held in Glasgow, United Kingdom, between 31 October -12 November 2021, with a one-year delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In order for countries to continue their fight against global climate change and to reach 1.5 degrees Celsius global warming targets; climate change finance and green climate fund, Paris agreement rules book, carbon markets, adaptation, losses and damages are among the key topics to be discussed at COP26. The Paris Agreement entered into force as of 4 November 2016, as a result of meeting the condition of at least 55 parties approving the agreement, which accounts for 55% of global greenhouse gas emissions, as of 5 October 2016 and Turkey signed the Paris Agreement with the representatives of 175 countries at the High Level Signing Ceremony held in New York on 22 April 2016. Turkey submitted its Declaration of Intended National Contribution (INDC) to the Agreement Secretariat on 30 September 2015. According to Turkey's national contribution declaration, it is foreseen that greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced by 21% in 2030 compared to the reference scenario (BAU). "The Law Regarding the Approval of the Paris Agreement" by the Turkish Grand National Assembly entered into force by being published in the Official Gazette dated 7 October 2021 and numbered 31621. As a party to the Paris Agreement, Turkey has also stated that it will reach the carbon net zero target by 2053.
Turkey attends the COP26 meeting as a large group with all ministries, non-governmental organizations, university and private sector representatives. At COP26, in which our Ministry also participated with different General Directorates, TAGEM took part in the negotiations on the topics related to Agriculture, and a presentation titled "Adaptation and Mitigation to Climate Change Research in Turkish Agriculture" was made by TAGEM at the side event moderated by our Ministry at the Turkey booth on 4 November 2021.