COP26 leaders conference opening

Commonwealth leaders cut a high profile at the [Conference of the Parties] COP26 Summit in Glasgow at the start of week one. Thirty-two Commonwealth small states are among the most vulnerable in the world, with some small island states on the verge of disappearance. Leaders of small island states spoke out at both the main COP26 venues and at the Commonwealth pavilion sited at the Glasgow complex.

As leaders returned home, leaving officials to work out the details of global climate change agreements, we provide a round-up of the key platforms on which Commonwealth leaders laid out their needs, plans and climate ambitions at the start of COP26.


The Commonwealth Pavilion invited leaders to its #CommonwealthForClimate event on the first morning of the COP.

Day one – leaders spoke at the main opening ceremony. Text versions of the speeches will be added when available.

Monday afternoon – Commonwealth Youth event:

The Queen addressed leaders via a virtual link on Monday night:


Leaders’ Event: Action and Solidarity – The Critical Decade | Climate Action

Related links:

Ongoing COP26 events at the Commonwealth Pavilion in Glasgow

Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley addresses the COP26 opening ceremony – CARICOM video

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the opening ceremony 

UK Prime Minister announces support for Small Island States at COP26 – UK government

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson holds a 2 November press conference

Commonwealth Secretary General interviewed about COP26 leaders’ outcomes – BBC

COP26 timetable