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Who’s going to COP26? And who won’t be there for the UN climate talks?


Ursula von der Leyen, President of the EU Commission, holds a press conference in advance the G20 (Glasgow Conference), and the COP26(Glasgow Conference), at the Berlaymont. This is the EU Commission headquarter in Brussels on October 28, 2021.

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GLASGOW, Scotland — The COP26 climate summit begins on Sunday, with world leaders from more than 100 countries set to take part in what is regarded as humanity’s last and best chance to secure a livable future amid dramatic climate change.

It’s an enormous task. It is because of this that the summit was delayed in Glasgow, Scotland. one of the most important diplomatic meetings in history

Policymakers should outline how they can reduce greenhouse gas emissions almost by half within the next eight years, and then reach net zero emission levels for 2050 in order to avoid the worst effects of the climate crisis.

A number of factors are likely to determine the success of this summit. make-or-break issuesClimate finance goals, mitigation plans and the phasing-out of fossil fuels.

A number of severe weather events around the world illustrate why COP26 may be the last chance for the 2015 Paris Agreement to become fully operational. Paris Climate Agreement aims to keep global temperatures from rising 1.5 degrees Celsius more than preindustrial levels.

Here’s a list of those who are able to attend in person.

Boris Johnson

26th U.N. The 26th U.N. Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) will be held in the United Kingdom from Sunday to November 12. Heads of state and delegates, as well as campaigners, are all expected to meet to discuss a coordinated response for the urgent climate crisis.

Boris Johnson (Prime Minister of the United Kingdom) has asked world leaders for “bold commitments to coal, cars cash and trees at COP26.” He said that too many countries “are still doing too little.”

Boris Johnson (British Prime Minister) visits the Colosseum at the G20 Summit in Rome on October 30, 2021.

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Johnson previously voiced doubts about climate change and presented the U.K.’s net zero strategy to the world in October. Leader of the Conservative Party said that the plan was delayed repeatedly and “sets the standard for other countries to make the world greener”.

As the country prepares to host COP26, it saw the net zero plan as an important test. It is not meeting climate emergency demands, according to critics.

Joe Biden

In one of the earliest acts of his presidency, Joe Biden entered the Paris Agreement with the second-largest economy in the world and the largest emitter. However, he will face significant challenges in overcoming those who doubt America’s leadership on climate change in Glasgow.

After a difficult period during which his domestic climate agenda had been trimmed down by centrist legislators, and amid criticism of the president’s inaction on his claims that climate change is an “existential danger”, it comes as a surprise.

Scott Morrison

Although Scott Morrison, the Australian Prime Minister was initially reluctant to travel to Scotland, he confirmed his attendance earlier in March after being under intense pressure by allies.

Scott Morrison is the Australian Prime Minster and will arrive at “La Nuvola”, the convention center located in Rome’s EUR District, for the G20 of World Leaders Summit.

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Morrison claimed that Australia has an overall plan to reach net zero in 2050. But the government didn’t announce new policies. The roadmap critics claim is lacking detail and too dependent on “further technological breakthroughs.”

The country is the world’s second-largest coal exporter, and the Morrison government is committed to digging for more of the fossil fuel well beyond 2030 — a pledge that has made Australia an outlier in the run-up to the talks.

Ursula von der Leyen

The EU is a member of the U.N.-brokered negotiation bloc. It sees itself to be a global leader in climate action.

Ursula von der Leyen, President of European Commission, has called for other countries to follow the European Union’s aim to be the first continent to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. She made the call ahead of the Glasgow summit and stressed that immediate action was essential.

It will get more costly the longer we delay. At a Thursday press conference, von der Leyen stated that it was time to act now.

Felix Tshisekedi

According to Felix Tshisekedi, Democratic Republic of Congo President Felix Tshisekedi in an Op-Ed published by The Financial Times Oct. 25, “Africa has tired of waiting,” he said.

DR Congo President Felix Tshisekedi (L) and Joe Biden (US President) laugh at each other during a group picture at the G20 of World Leaders Summit, October 30, 2021 in Rome at the Convention Center “La Nuvola”.

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African Union chairperson, currently 55 members, called upon the international community for recognition of African countries at COP26.

“It is time for Africa to be compensated — for the good of the continent and the planet. Tshisekedi stated that they have waited too long.

Mark Carney

Mark Carney, former governor of Bank of England (BOE), speaks at a London news conference on March 11, 2020.

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Carney, as chair of U.N.’s Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ), is leading efforts for accelerating the transition to a low carbon economy.

But he previously indicated that he sees fossil fuels as a viable option. Carney has argued governments and private companies could continue to extract, mine and burn fossil fuels if they use carbon capture and storage technology — a process climate researchers, campaigners and environmental advocacy groups say is not a climate solution

Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg, a Swedish climate activist arrived in Scotland’s biggest city on Sunday. A cardboard sign stating Fridays for Future was carried by Greta Thunberg, an 18-year old from Sweden. It is the name and symbol of the 2018 global youth movement that she started with school strikes.

Greta Thunberg arrives in Glasgow Central Station. She arrived from Euston Station London, where she had traveled on a train ahead of Cop26 Summit, which takes place Monday, October 30, 2021 in Glasgow.

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Thunberg stated that he would be achieving net zero by 2050, during a speech he made at the Youth4Climate Summit in Milan, Italy, in September. Blah, blah, blah. Net zero. Blah, blah, blah. Climate neutral. Blah, blah, blah. These are the only words we hear from so-called leaders. They may sound grand, but they have so far not resulted in any actions. We lose our hopes and dreams in the empty words and false promises.

Thunberg will likely take part in Friday’s climate strike.

Noteable absences

With approximately 25,000 people expected to travel to the U.K., most countries will participate in U.N. negotiations in some way.

However, there are likely to be some notable absences.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and Brazilian President Jairbolsonaro will not be able to attend.

It is not likely that the Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, as well as Iran President Ebrahim Raisi will travel to Glasgow.

After being told by her doctors to take a break, Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain has decided to withdraw from COP26. Buckingham Palace confirmed that the queen would deliver an address via videoconference to delegate.