Australian PM will attend Cop26 climate summit as doubts grow over China’s Xi Jinping

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has finally confirmed that he will attend the Cop26 UN climate summit in Glasgow, even as uncertainty remains over China’s Xi Jinping’s attendance at the event.

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Describing it as an “important event”, Mr Morrison said on Friday: “I have confirmed my presence at the Glasgow summit, which I look forward to attending.”

Britain is set to host the United Nations-led 26th Summit on Climate Change, or COP26, in its largest city, Glasgow, from October 31 to November 12.


World leaders from nearly 200 countries will meet to negotiate key climate deals in global efforts to prevent a global environmental disaster.

Mr Morrison faced a global backlash last month when he indicated he could not engage in talks and faced pressure from allies including the US and UK for more ambitious climate action.

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The much-anticipated decision comes after weeks of initial hesitation and uncertainty about his personal appearance at the conference as his government is yet to reach an agreement on a draft plan for the country to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

Mr Morrison almost took a turn from his previous plans on Friday, hinting at abandoning the event despite being a big producer of coal and gas.

But China, the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter, has made it clear that it will not miss the conference, a source said. many times, A major setback to the ambitious plans of global leaders to tackle climate change.

“It is now quite clear that Xi and the PM will not come [Boris Johnson] It is reported that,” the newspaper quoted an unnamed British source as saying. “What we don’t know is what stand the Chinese are going to take.”

As the world’s top CO2 emitter, China is among a handful of countries, including Australia, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia, that have not submitted a new carbon-cutting plan.

Given its contribution to global warming, China plays a decisive role in the 2015 Paris Agreement pledge to limit warming to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels.

The paper reported that Beijing’s attempt to postpone the meeting could be a proposal to refuse to set new climate change targets amid the energy crisis.

Meanwhile, Australia’s decision to participate in Cop2 comes amid pressure from allies as the country has not committed to setting an ambitious target to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, despite being the world’s worst greenhouse gas emitter per capita. Is.

Mr Morrison said his government’s next climate plan would protect the interests of “rural and regional” Australians, who complain they have borne the brunt of past reforms.

Australia has most of the rural areas dependent on coal, gas and farming.

“It’s not just about hitting zero. It’s an important environmental goal,” he said. “What is important is that Australia’s economy moves from strength to strength.”

Reducing emissions targets is a politically fraught issue in Australia as the government’s rural-based junior coalition partner, the National Party, remains a major obstacle to plans.

“The government will finalize its position to go to the summit. We are working on those issues,” Morrison said on Friday.

Earlier, Mr Morrison cited the challenges posed by Covid to miss the summit. Vladimir Putin is another prominent world leader who cannot attend the conference due to fears of the coronavirus. Pope Francis is also likely to be absent from the event.

Additional reporting by agencies


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