COP26 in Glasgow: Who is going and who is not?


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COP26 in Glasgow: Who is going and who is not?

'ACT NOW.' People take part in the 'Global march for climate justice' while environment ministers meet ahead of Glasgow's COP26 meeting, in Milan, Italy, on October 2, 2021.

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(1st UPDATE) Here is the latest on the status of delegates

Several prominent figures will not attend the October 31 to November 12 UN COP26 climate summit in Glasgow in person, and the attendance of a number of others is in doubt.

Here is the latest on the status of delegates:


The leader of the world’s most populous country, President Xi Jinping of China, is not expected to be there in person. He has not left China since the COVID-19 pandemic began. He is likely to make an appearance by video. China is likely to be represented by vice-environment minister Zhao Yingmin and climate envoy Xie Zhenhua, who has confirmed he will attend.

The Kremlin has said Russian President Vladimir Putin will not travel to Glasgow.

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has pulled out of the summit after being advised by doctors to rest. She will deliver an address to the assembled delegates via a recorded message, Buckingham Palace said.

Pope Francis is not expected to attend. A Vatican source said there was a possibility that the pope would address the conference by video or that Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin would read a message on his behalf.

Iranian President Ebraham Raisi will not attend COP26 after reports in the British media that local politicians were calling for a criminal investigation if he set foot in Scotland.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and Vice President Hamilton Mourao, sometimes the point man for environment, are not going.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is not going. Mexico may not send anyone because of pandemic restrictions and costs.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is not going because of local elections on November 1.

New Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has said he is considering how he will participate, possibly taking part online. The daily Yomiuri reported that Kishida was making arrangements to try to attend in person.


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend, his Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav told Reuters in an interview. India is the world’s third-biggest emitter of greenhouse gases after China and the United States.

US President Joe Biden, along with climate envoy John Kerry and domestic climate adviser and former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. The White House says 10 other cabinet officials will also be present.

Britain’s Prince Charles and Prince William along with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge.

The 27-country European Union’s representatives will include European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, EU climate policy chief Frans Timmermans, and the bloc’s energy and financial services policy heads.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed he will attend. While many global nations have pledged to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, Australia has refused to strengthen its targets.

President Tayyip Erdogan will attend after Turkey’s parliament ratified the Paris climate agreement last month.

French President Emmanuel Macron.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi.

Colombian President Ivan Duque.

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven.

Swiss President Guy Parmelin.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Democratic Republic of Congo’s President Felix Tshisekedi, current chair of the African Union.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari.

Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo.

Argentinian President Alberto Fernandez.

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