Glasgow’s Scottish Events Campus (SEC) has been officially handed over to the United Nations for the historic COP26 summit.
The headquarters now constitute the Blue Zone and become official territory of the United Nations for the duration of the global conference.
The area will be patrolled by armed UN officers and will be under the highest security levels.
The UN confirmed that the SEC was handed over to her on Friday afternoon before the opening of the summit on Sunday.
World leaders and delegates will gather in Glasgow from 31 October to 12 November in an effort to work out an agreement to tackle climate change.
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Most countries will be represented, with around 25,000 accredited delegates expected for the United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP) summit, which will attract the attention of the world and activists around the world.
The event will take place at two sites: the Blue Zone at the Scottish Event Campus and the Green Zone at the Glasgow Science Center.
The Blue Zone will host major negotiations between world leaders and climate change specialists and is therefore subject to the most severe restrictions.
Organizations sending conference delegates to observe and attend had to apply over a year ago to pass stringent security requirements.
The Scottish Police will only be able to enter the site if invited by the UN Secretary General or if they believe there is a threat to life.
The area will remain under the jurisdiction of Scottish law if crimes are committed.
UN officials, representatives and experts all have diplomatic immunity, which means they are exempt from prosecution – within the blue zone.
The Green Zone is located south of the river with the Science Center at its center, which hosts a program of paid events.
The plan is to highlight the dynamic, exciting and inspiring progress made in climate action around the world.
With just two days before the eyes of the world fall on Glasgow, business is already growing in the city.
Climate change activists Ocean Rebellion staged one of the first demonstrations on the banks of the River Clyde with three “spewing oil heads” to highlight environmental threats to the oceans.
Extinction Rebellion started 15 protest actions with a demonstration at the University of Glasgow.
Four activists closed at the memorial gate to demand that the university urgently implement the campaign group’s Green New Deal – a list of 60 demands that they believe would put an end to the establishment’s “ecologically destructive practices”.
The area around the SEC will be protected by approximately 10,000 police officers every day.
The Scottish police are in charge of the operation and make up around 45% of the numbers, with officers enlisted from across the UK to make up the rest of the police contingent.
In addition to police across the UK, there will also be the UK Transport Police, the Ministry of Defense Police and representatives of the civilian nuclear police.
Additionally, police divers will be part of the security unit on the River Clyde during the conference.
Defense Ministry police will also provide a “24-hour armed police presence” on the river, which flows near the headquarters and through the city center.
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