Scotland’s Climate Change Secretary has welcomed the announcement that the country’s largest city will likely host COP26 next year.

On the news that Glasgow will open its doors to 30,000 delegates and around 200 world leaders during the UN’s flagship climate conference, Roseanna Cunningham said: “Scotland has a reputation as a world leader in tackling climate change. We were one of the first countries in the world to acknowledge the global climate emergency, we are introducing the toughest targets in the UK and we are committed to taking action that matches the scale of our climate ambitions.

“We have been supportive of the UK Government’s joint bid with Italy to host COP26 and are committed to working collaboratively to deliver an ambitious and effective conference that includes a strong role for Scottish Ministers, represents the interests of Scotland and promotes increased global ambition on climate change.”

COP26 will take place later next year at Glasgow’s Scottish Events Campus (SEC).