Ken O’Flaherty, UK Government’s COP26 Regional Ambassador to Asia-Pacific and South Asia
The UK hosts the 26th annual Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26) in November 2021, with the forum convening in Glasgow.
Many expect Glasgow to be the most significant climate conference since COP21 in Paris in 2015, as it is the first summit to take place after the landmark Paris Agreement’s measures take effect. Ahead of the COP26, all parties to the Paris Agreement are requested to submit their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), setting tougher targets for reducing emissions by 2030. Over the next few months, countries are expected to react with more powerful plans to cut emissions due to the climate crisis – though the difficulties of COVID-19 may disrupt the financing of climate action.
In this briefing, Ken O’Flaherty, the UK Government’s COP26 Regional Ambassador to Asia-Pacific and South Asia, will outline the UK’s plans for COP26 and its engagement with Asian countries in tackling climate change.
Ken O’Flaherty was appointed the UK government’s COP26 Regional Ambassador to Asia-Pacific and South Asia in March 2020. He was previously the Deputy Head of Mission in Rome from August 2015 until October 2019. A career diplomat, he has experience in a number of Foreign Office departments, as well as overseas roles in Paris, Tokyo and the UK Representation to the European Union. O’Flaherty has worked on a wide range of issues, from EU cooperation to security, counter-terrorism and migration, economic and energy issues and the Middle East.
Alok Sharma, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Minister for COP26, briefed Asia House Corporate Members on the UK’s climate agenda in December 2020. Read more.
This digital briefing is held exclusively for Asia House Corporate Members.
To register interest in attending this event, which takes place on 20 January, 9am UK time, please contact Edward Danks at: firstname.lastname@example.org.