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COP26: CGS Activities & Events

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COP26 has come to a close. Leaders from around the world attended in Glasgow and virtually to discuss how to ramp up climate action globally. We know to reach a global 1.5°C goal, we need climate action from every sector—and importantly from every actor. In short, we all need to step up and do our part. 

The Center for Global Sustainability (CGS) had a delegation and participants on the ground to discuss how to do this, specifically through conversation on the international global stocktake, sustainable finance opportunities, how to achieve a global coal phaseout, and what non-state actors can do to accelerate emissions reductions. 

CGS participants at the COP include:

  • Leon Clarke, Acting Director
  • Shannon Kennedy, Senior Manager of Strategic Engagement 
  • Amber Leonard, Program Manager  
  • Irving Mintzer, Director, Initiative on Closing the Investment Gap in Sustainable Finance
  • Brice Casey, PhD Candidate
  • Kowan O'Keefe, PhD Candidate

Many of the CGS events were recorded. View the discussions below. 

CGS Co-organized & Participating Events

Thursday, November 4th

Financing Sustainable Development in SIDS

15:30 - 17:00 GMT | AOSIS Pavilion | Livestream TBC


  • Irving Mintzer, CGS
  • More TBC

Saturday, November 6th

A Conversation with U.S. Senator Cardin on Coastal Climate Resilience

11:00 - 12:00 GMT | U.S. Climate Action Center | Watch the event


  • Leon Clarke, CGS 
  • Marcene Mitchell, WWF  
  • Senator Cardin (D-MD)
  • Mayor Constant, Gretna, LA
  • Councilmember King, Maui County, HI
leon clarke and cardin at cop26
Acting Director Leon Clarke moderating the panel discussion. From left to right: Leon Clarke, Senator Cardin, Mayor Constant, Councilmember King.

Thursday, November 11th

Building an Inclusive Global Stocktake: How Civil Society Can Help Assess Climate Progress 

16:45 - 18:00 GMT | Skomer (Multimedia Studio 2) | Watch the discussion


  • Leon Clarke, CGS
  • Cecilia Kinuthia-Njenga
  • Marine Pouget, CAN France
  • Vaibhav Chaturvedi, Council on Energy, Environment and Water
  • Tambe Honourine Enow, Africa Climate and Environment Foundation
  • Mariana Panuncio-Feldmen, WWF
  • Jorge Villareal, Iniciativa Climática de Mexico
iGST cop26 side event
Cecilia Kinuthia-Njenga, Director of UNFCCC Intergovernmental Process and Collective Progress, providing her opening remarks and context for the global stocktake. From left to right: Leon Clarke, Cecilia Kinuthia-Njenga, Vaibhav Chaturvedi.

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Shannon Kennedy
Strategic Engagement Manager, CGS
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