The Commonwealth Secretariat organised its first Commonwealth Pavilion at COP26, to serve as an inclusive and collaborative space for member countries and accredited organisations to meet, host side events, convene meetings and showcase research.

Our climate work

The climate crisis affects every member of the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth Secretariat helps member states tackle climate change and adapt to its worst impacts.

Many Commonwealth countries are already facing increased temperature, sea level rise, storm surges, drought, floods, and hurricanes. The Commonwealth supports small and other vulnerable states by amplifying their calls for greater climate action.

We have been pushing for greater climate action since 1989, when Commonwealth leaders committed to protecting the environment in the Langkawi Declaration. This was one of the world’s first collective statements to name greenhouse gas emissions as one of the leading problems facing the planet.

Today the Climate Change Programme of the Commonwealth Secretariat helps member countries protect the environment and use natural resources sustainably.


The United Nations Climate Change Conference COP26 was held in Glasgow from 31 October to 12 November, to bring together leaders, negotiators, climate experts, civil society, companies and people on the frontline of climate change to adopt harmonised action for tackling the global climate crisis.

The summit was the first COP meeting to be held since the coronavirus pandemic began, and the largest gathering of world leaders ever hosted by the United Kingdom.