As the sun sets on the final hours of the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, we take one last look back with a slideshow of images from the past thirteen days at COP26.
Some of the highlights from the two-week meeting included the signing of the Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration on Forests and Land Use, a pledge to halt and reverse forest loss and land degradation by 2030. The United States and China agreed to work together to tackle climate change by reducing methane emissions, protecting forests, and phasing out coal—though skeptics will await tangible results. Low-income countries want concrete climate rules and financial commitments from major greenhouse gas emitters. Indigenous climate activist Txai Suruí gave a powerful speech, as did Barbados' Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, and former President Barack Obama.
The coast guard patrol as the early morning sun shines on the River Clyde and the Scottish Event Campus, the venue for COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland.
A delegate wanders through the conference venue in Glasgow.
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the first week of COP26, on November 2, 2021.
Crowds demonstrate in the streets in Glasgow, Scotland.
People dressed as Pikachu—a character from Pokémon—protest against the funding of coal by Japan, near the COP26 conference venue in Glasgow, during the first week of the climate meeting.
A demonstrator holds a small sign during a protest outside JP Morgan during the conference.
"I want you to stay angry," former U.S. President Barack Obama urged young people during a passionate speech at COP26 on November 8, 2021.
U.S. President Joe Biden puts on headphones to listen to speeches during the "Action on Forests and Land Use" event.
Young climate activist and writer Vanessa Nakate speaks at a Fridays for Future—an international student activist group—march during COP26.
A delegate walks past an "all in for 1.5" sign during the climate conference. The phrase refers to the 2015 Paris Agreement goal to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
Saudi Energy Minister Abdulaziz bin Salman Al Saud speaks during the meeting.
“In Tuvalu, we are living the reality of climate change and sea-level rise, as you stand watching me today at COP26,” said Simon Kofe, Tuvalu's Minister for Justice, Communication, and Foreign Affairs, in an address to COP26 attendees.
In the pre-recorded video clip, Kofe stood in a suit and tie, knee-deep in the ocean in Funafuti, Tuvalu, the capital of the island country in the Pacific Ocean, north of Fiji.
China's chief climate negotiator, Xie Zhenhua, attended the climate change meeting, though many other leaders and activists noted that President Xi Jinping's absence from COP26 was disappointing.
Mexico's Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources, Maria Luisa Albores Gonzalez, giving a COP26 speech.
The President of the UN Climate Change Conference, Alok Sharma, talks to the media as he walks through the conference center in Glasgow.
U.S. climate envoy John Kerry discusses a joint China and United States agreement on climate action during the second week of the conference.
Members of Indigenous Minga attend a demonstration.
People gather around "Little Amal," a giant puppet of a young Syrian refugee girl, which journeyed 5,000 miles from the border of Syria to attend the climate conference. “Amal” means hope in Arabic, and was created to raise awareness of the challenges faced by young migrants.
U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez holds her face mask as she addresses a panel at COP26 on November 9, 2021.
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg speaks in Glasgow, Scotland, on November 10, 2021.
Belgian climate activist Adelaide Charlier at a COP26 protest.
In many cities around the world, climate activists marched to send a message to decision-makers in Glasgow. At a London protest, a child holds a banner on November 6, 2021.