COP26 attendees – full list of every guest amid Queens ‘irritation’ at lack of action

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The COP26 was originally due to take place in November last year but was delayed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Now nearly a year later, world leaders will soon descend on Glasgow in Scotland alongside senior members of the Royal Family including the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William, and UK leaders including Prime Minister Boris Johnson aiming to tackle the pressing issue of climate change. Express.co.uk has compiled a full list of all nations attending the upcoming climate conference.

This year will be the 26th annual summit and as the UK is President, it will take place in Glasgow.

In the run-up to COP26, the UK is working with every nation to reach an agreement on how to tackle climate change.

World leaders will arrive in Scotland, alongside tens of thousands of negotiators, government representatives, businesses and citizens for 12 days of talks.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was last week warned China’s President Xi Jinping is unlikely to attend the climate conference which begins on October 31 and ends on November 12.

Chinese officials reportedly have not entirely ruled out a change of plans.

The speculation about those attending or not attending came after the Queen appeared to suggest she is irritated by people who “talk” but “don’t do”.

Queen Elizabeth II’s reported remarks were overheard during the opening of the Welsh Parliament on Thursday.

She is due to attend the climate conference but said she was unsure who is coming to the event.

Video clips featuring the Queen’s conversation during the opening of the Senedd were picked up by the event’s live stream camera, according to the Daily Mail.

The Queen appears to say: “I’ve been hearing all about COP… I still don’t know who’s coming.”

In another clip, the Queen expressed her irritation about those who talk but take no action.

She said: “We only know about people who are not coming.”

The Queen added: “It’s really irritating when they talk, but they don’t do.”

Who is attending the COP26?

The private comments made by the Queen were not a formal intervention but made headlines as it is so unusual for the Queen’s personal views on public matters to be shared.

Her role requires her to stay outside political debate – but climate change is a very important issue for those in the Royal Family.

The Queen’s words indicate a host’s exasperation about which nation’s are actually intending to come to the event.

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Those confirmed to attend include:

  • The USA: President Joe Biden, 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.
  • British Royal Family: Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Prince William, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge.
  • Israel: Prime Minister Naftali Bennett
  • Australia: Prime Minister Scott Morrison
  • Turkey: President Tayyip Erdogan
  • France: President Emmanuel Macron
  • Canada: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
  • Italy: Prime Minister Mario Draghi
  • Colombia: President Ivan Duque
  • Sweden: Prime Minister Stefan Lofven
  • Switzerland: President Guy Parmelin
  • South Korea: President Moon Jae-in is expected to attend, but the presidency has not made an official announcement yet.
  • The Democratic Republic of Congo: President Felix Tshisekedi, current chair of the African Union.
  • Nigeria: President Muhammadu Buhari
  • Ghana: President Nana Akufo-Addo
  • Argentinia: President Alberto Fernandez.

Those unable to attend or still to confirm attendance

Chinese President Xi Jinping is reportedly not expected to attend in person.

Instead, the Chinese leader is likely to make a virtual appearance by video.

Pope Francis is not expected to attend with a Vatican source claiming there is a chance he would address the conference by video or the Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin would read a message on his behalf.

The Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and Vice President Hamilton Mourao will not attend COP26.

The Kremlin has not yet confirmed if Russian leader Vladimir Putin will attend, with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador not going and the nation unlikely to send anyone because of pandemic restrictions and costs.

South African leader Cyril Ramaphosa is not attending because of local elections due to take place on November 1.

The new Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has not confirmed he will take part in the climate conference but has said he is still considering how he will participate, including the possibility of taking part online.

Express.co.uk will update this page with more information when it is available.

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