Everything that has happened at Cop26 so far, from ‘sleeping’ leaders to a withered Greta


World leaders are in Glasgow for the annual UN climate change conference.

Cop26 Conference of the Parties, the – you guessed it – 26th conference is taking place from October 31 to November 12 after being delayed for a year due to the – you guessed it – coronavirus pandemic, and leaders are discussing ways in which to mitigate the worst effects of climate change and reduce greenhouse gases.

As the third day of talks swings into action, what has happened so far?

Here’s all you need to know.

World leaders seem to fall asleep during speeches

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We’ve all been guilty of catching 40 winks when we’re not quite supposed to, but not all of us are the President of the United States of America.

So it’s… a shame that images of Biden closing his eyes during keynote speeches at the conferences and being pushed by an assistant have gone viral, though it’s not clear if he was actually sleeping.

Meanwhile, Boris Johnson was also pictured at an unfortunate moment with his eyes closed, no mask and next to David Attenborough to top it off, but a No 10 source said The mirror it was “utter nonsense” to suggest he was asleep and other photos showed him with his eyes open.

Boris Johnson arrives late

Boris Johnson delivered his speech half an hour late on the first day of the conference.

Due to start at noon, the PM did not start until 12:30 p.m., with suggestions that it was because US Biden – having landed in Edinburgh around 11 a.m. – had not reached his seat on time.

Long queues

Not all events are smooth and the Cop26 is no different. Reports suggested there were long lines and that it took participants hours to go through security checks at points on Monday morning.

Photos of the long lines appeared on social media, with reporters reporting that security had told them not to tweet photos and videos of the crowd.

CNN arrives in the wrong Scottish town

It has long been a stereotype that Americans are not always up to date with British geography and CNN did nothing to disprove this when they sent veteran American news anchor Wolf Blitzer to broadcast from Edinburgh, not Glasgow. .

After unconsciously tweeting: “I am now reporting from Edinburgh, Scotland where 20,000 world leaders and delegates gathered for the COP26 Climate Summit,” he mocked Twitter.

Archbishop of Canterbury apologizes for comparison with Nazis

The Archbishop of Canterbury apologized after suggesting in a BBC interview that the failure to act at Cop26 could be more serious than leaders who ignored warnings about the Nazis in the 1930s.

Justin Welby had said that world leaders “will be cursed if they don’t do things right”.

Retracting his words, he said:

Greta Thunberg says talking is all “blah blah blah”

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg criticized the leaders for their “blah blah blah”, accusing them of all talk, no action.

This is not the first time she has used this expression. “Rebuild better. Blah, blah, blah. Green economy. Blah blah blah. Net zero by 2050. Blah, blah, blah, ”Thunberg told the Youth4Climate conference in September.

Johnson then paraphrased it in his speech but did not attribute the inspiration to it.

The Minister was unable to attend the conference because it was not wheelchair accessible

An Israeli minister who uses a wheelchair was unable to attend the opening day of the conference due to accessibility issues at the conference.

Writing on Twitter, Karine Elharrar said it was “sad” that the UN “is not dealing with accessibility” and it was reported that the delegation had lodged a formal complaint.

She said: “At COP26, I came to meet my counterparts from all over the world and promote a common fight against the climate crisis. It is sad that the UN, which promotes accessibility for people with disabilities, in 2021, does not address accessibility at its events.

“I hope that the lessons to be learned tomorrow to promote green energy, remove barriers and energy efficiency will be the things I will deal with.

Officials reacted with outrage and UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said:

Leaders take plane to attend climate change conference

Johnson has drawn criticism for choosing to return from the top rather than take the train. The prime minister’s spokesperson said the train would be too slow.


Leaders pledge to take action on climate change

And here are some promises. Around 100 countries pledge to end deforestation and restore the world’s forests by 2030.

Meanwhile, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 2070 net zero carbon emissions target. India is one of the top three emitters and Johnson called the target “ambitious”.

The United States has also joined the High Ambition Coalition in the UN climate talks, the group of developed and developing countries that have ensured that the 1.5C target is a key pillar of the agreement. from Paris.

The conference continues.


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