Glasgow is set to host COP26 this November, with leaders from around the world travelling to attend the climate summit.

The conference will see countries unite to establish goals to reduce the impact of climate change and limit global warming. 

A mass security regime is already underway due to the high profile nature of the event. 

Scotland's biggest city is no stranger to playing host, but why was it chosen for COP26?

Here's what you need to know...

Why was Glasgow chosen as the host city for COP26?

Glasgow was selected by the UK to host COP26 due to its experience hosting world class events and its facilities, as well as its commitment to sustainability.

The UK and Italy are joint Presidents for the conference, with Italy hosting the pre-COP event taking place in Milan from September 30 - October 2.

Glasgow has the status of a Global Green City, which it was awarded in 2020. 

The title aims to recognise "prominent progress and valuable experience" towards greener and more sustainable cities. 

Glasgow's commitment to becoming carbon neutral by 2030 was a contributing factor towards it winning this award. 

The city's high position on the Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-Index) which aims to promote responsible business tourism best practice also made it an attractive option to host COP26, deemed 4th best in the world. 

Having previously hosted events on the world stage, such as the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow knows how to prepare for an influx of high profile attendees. 

Speaking before the UK was officially chosen to host the conference, leader of the COP26 bid and Conservative MP Claire Perry said: "As one of the UK’s most sustainable cities, with a record for hosting high-profile international events, Glasgow is the right choice to showcase the UK’s commitment to the environment."

When does COP26 start?

COP26 starts on November 1 and will last 12 days, finishing on November 12. 

The event was originally due to take place in 2020, however it was postponed due to the pandemic. 

Although there was discussion at points about the conference taking place online, it will instead go ahead in person, with leaders and climate activists travelling to Scotland to attend the summit.