"Factbox - COP26 in Glasgow: Who Is Going And Who Is Not?"

"Several prominent figures, including leaders of the two most populated countries in the world, are in doubt to attend the Oct. 31-Nov. 12 U.N. COP26 climate summit in Glasgow in person.

Here is the latest on the status of delegates:

The leader of the world’s most populous country, China’s Xi Jinping, will reportedly not 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’s special climate envoy, Xie Zhenhua, said he would travel to the conference in Glasgow.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is yet to decide whether he will attend, a foreign ministry source told Reuters. Between them, India and China make up about a third of the world’s population.

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."

Reuters had the story October 19, 2021.


"Boris Johnson Sees ‘Extremely Tough’ Global Climate Talks in Glasgow" (Bloomberg)

"Queen Elizabeth II Expresses Irritation At World Leaders Who Won’t Commit To COP Climate Summit" (Washington Post)

Source: Reuters, 10/19/2021