Let Glasgow and Learning Flourish
Recognised as one of the world’s friendliest cities Glasgow represents the heart and soul of Scotland. It is a cultural powerhouse of music, art, architecture, design and innovative food and drink. None of the aforementioned would be possible without Glasgow’s jewel in the crown, which is its people. The cities Marketing Bureau use the strap line of PEOPLE MAKE GLASGOW.
We also appreciate that Glasgow Makes People and many a gallus person has originated from this dear green place. Glasgow has gifted us some of the world’s greatest educators storytellers, philosophers and economists, engineers, organisers and activists.
Meaning “Dear Green Place” in Gaelic, Glasgow really does live up to its name. Once termed the Second City of the British Empire, it has emerged in recent post industrial times to become known as one of the friendliest cities in the United Kingdom, a remarkable achievement given its previous reference to a culture of violence as No Mean City. The modern mantra is that People Make Glasgow, and visitors are assured of a warm welcome wherever they visit, whether it be the many open museums and centre of culture, the eighty parks, the renowned Retail Centres, or the variety of entertainment and sport available.
IMPORTANT CONVERSATIONS WILL TAKE PLACE IN CLASGOW IN 2020
A major United Nations climate change summit, COP 26 will take place in Glasgow, the summit sets out to produce an international response to the climate emergency.
Claire Perry, UK nominated president for COP26, said: ""n 2020, world leaders will come together to discuss how to tackle climate change on a global scale - and where better to do so than Glasgow, one of the UK's most sustainable cities with a great track record for hosting high-profile international events."
The Scottish government's Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said the decision to host COP26 in Scotland was right "given our leadership on climate action".
She continued: "Scotland was one of the first countries in the world to acknowledge the global climate emergency and the Scottish government has introduced the toughest targets in the UK to ensure our action matches the scale of our climate ambitions.
"We look forward to working collaboratively with partners to deliver an ambitious and effective conference that ensures Scotland plays a leading role to help promote the increased global effort to tackle climate change."
Why hosting COP26 is a big deal?
The world’s governments have met every year for nearly three decades to (try to) agree how to stop – or at least reduce the impacts of – climate change. But the fact that these nations have not been able to meet the overall UNFCCC objectives is one of the reasons we now face a global climate emergency.
As world summits go, they don’t get much more important than the UN’s climate change convention. In those three decades, this will be the first time a COP summit has been held in the Scotland. From a policy perspective, COP26 will be important for at least four reasons:
As we build up to COP26, the Scottish government and Glasgow City Council, alongside the universities of Strathclyde, Glasgow and Glasgow Caledonian, will be planning numerous events that will run alongside the main COP26 activities.
The countdown has begun. Glasgow will seek to demonstrate to the world how Scottish research and innovation is playing an important role in tackling the global climate emergency.
Wondering what to do while you’re here? Listen to Billy Connolly talk about Glasgow.