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Université Paris-Saclay at COP26

Sustainable development Article published on 30 November 2021 , Updated on 15 December 2021

The 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) took place in Glasgow, UK, from 31 October – 13 November 2021. Over 190 world leaders were invited, alongside thousands of government representatives, companies, investors…and delegates from AgroParisTech and CentraleSupélec.

What is COP26?

The UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) aimed to achieve commitments from governments to combat climate change, based on the results published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Governments were expected to announce their climate goals by updating national contributions and publishing their long-term strategies for 2050. The conference was also the occasion to finalise the implementation rules of the Paris Agreement.

Find out more about COP26 outcomes:

AgroParisTech and CentraleSupélec at COP26

During COP26, a group of eight student delegates from AgroParisTech and a second group of students, PhD candidates and a lecturer from CentraleSupélec got the chance to travel to Glasgow as observers to follow COP26 close-up.

The trip was made possible thanks to the generosity of Cland, the Biosphera Graduate School at Université Paris-Saclay, the AgroParisTech Foundation for the AgroParisTech delegates, and the CentraleSupélec Foundation and school itself for the delegates from CentraleSupélec.

The presence of delegates during the summit is becoming increasingly more important and meaningful: the diversity of stakeholders present means that climate issues can be analysed from different viewpoints and that as many people as possible can be informed of these issues. AgroParisTech and CentraleSupélec also acquired the status of observer organisations, meaning that both schools will be able to send delegates to COP each year.

During COP26, the delegates wrote and sent a newsletter, resuming the decisions taken during the summit as well as their personal experiences.

The AgroParisTech newsletter (in French):

The CentraleSupélec newsletter (in French):