Who’s Attending COP26?

Who’s Attending COP26?

Last Updated: 31/10/2021 @ 22:00

With COP26 just days away we thought it’d be a good idea to have a look at who is attending. World Leaders, Royals, corporations, NGOs, charities and other important individuals will all be attending but who can we expect to see and when?

What World Leaders are Attending COP26?

Rightly or wrongly, the media’s eyes will all be on the outcome of the negotiations between world leaders at COP26. But which world leaders are attending?

There has already been confirmation that Russia’s Vladimir Putin and China’s President Xi Jinping will be absent. These are two notable absentees especially considering both Russia’s and China’s contributions to the ongoing climate crisis.

However, China is sending it’s climate envoy Xie Zhenhua.

Furthermore, it’s now been confirmed that Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro will not be attending COP26. A big disappointment considering the environmental controversies the country has faced.

On top of this, one third of Pacific Island states will not be in attendance. Covid-19 travel restrictions have made it difficult for the Pacific Island states to attend which is also worrying considering they are worst affected from the impacts of climate change currently.

However, there are other world leaders who will be attending. This, of course, includes the UK’s Boris Johnson, who will play a major role due to being head of the host government.

Also attending, is the United States’ President Joe Biden. The US are looking to get back to top of climate discussions after withdrawing from such agreements under President Donald Trump.

World leaders confirmed to be attending COP26 include:

  • Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Draghi
  • United States President Joe Biden
  • Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
  • Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
  • France’s President Emmanuel Macron
  • Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison
  • Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett
  • Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
  • Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfven
  • Switzerland’s President Guy Parmelin
  • Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari
  • Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo
  • Argentina’s President Alberto Fernandez
  • Colombia’s President Ivan Duque
  • Democratic Republic of Congo’s President Felix Tshisekedi
  • South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in
  • India’s Prime Minister Narenda Modi
  • Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo
  • Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari

Is the Queen Attending COP26?

Unfortunately not. The Queen, whose Birthday we celebrated earlier this year, was due to attend COP26. However, she is “regretfully” missing the reception.

The good news is that she will still deliver her address via video link. Furthermore, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will all be in attendance between 1st-5th November.

Other Notable Attendees

COP26 will attract people and personalities from all over. Activists, celebrities and other political persons will be in attendance.

Of these, Greta Thunberg and David Attenbourgh, will be extremely popular to followers of the Conference.

The UN Secretary General, António Guterres is also attending.

Another notable attendee is the President of the EU Commission, Ursula von der Leyen. The EU will also be represented by Frans Timmermans, Vice President of the EU Commission. Close eyes will be on the EU’s commitments to tackling climate change.

Other notable people from the political world will also be in attendance. Alok Sharma, MP and President of COP26 will be front and centre. John Kerry, former US Secretary of State and currently the first US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, will also be in Glasgow.

What Corporations are Going?

Hundreds of corporations will be attending COP26. Historically, certain corporate involvement has been questioned due to competing interests between securing profits and protecting the environment. Even this years partnership with Reckitt, who are linked to global deforestation, has resulted in calls that COP26 is likely to be a huge “greenwashing platform”.

However, some now consider corporations to be more on board with a green future. For example, over 1000 corporations now have 1.5°C-aligned, science-based targets as part of their business models.

So, who will be in attendance?

Well, the following corporations are principal partners and will have a bigger presence at COP26:

  • Unilever
  • Reckitt
  • Sky
  • Scottish Power
  • Sainsbury’s
  • SSE
  • NatWest Group
  • National Grid
  • Microsoft
  • Hitachi
  • GSK
Principal Partners to COP26
The Principal Partners of COP26

Other partners of COP26 include:

  • BCG
  • Bloomberg
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • IKEA
  • Salesforce
  • DLA Piper

Despite such large corporate support. Reports suggest corporations are unhappy with the organisation leading up to COP26. Delayed decisions, poor communication and the breakdown of relationships between organisations have all been reported by partners of the conference.

Which NGOs and Charities are Attending COP26?

On top of world leaders, Royals and corporations, NGOs and charities will be attending COP26. The list is phenomenal and far too big to post here. However, we’ve put together a short highlight list below:

The full list of NGOs and charities attending COP26 is available here.

Will CHEC be There??

Yes! CHEC is attending COP26. We will be sending a team that includes our Chairman Mark Robinson. Others from the CHEC team who will be attending are:

  • Jane Samuels
  • Emily Robinson
  • Subbu Loganathan
  • Trevor Peel
  • Nicholas Watts
  • David Gomez (Director of the Ramphal Institute)

You can now read a full overview of the CHEC delegate team attending COP26 here.

Who’s Attending COP26? – Are You?

What do you make of those who are attending COP26? And what of those who aren’t?

Are you or your organisation attending COP26? If so, let us know and we can link you with the CHEC team!

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