THE prestigious COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow should go ahead in November as planned, as a fully physical summit, with a “huge presence” of world leaders and delegates in attendance, Alister Jack has insisted. The Conference of the Parties event, which it is hoped will agree an international deal on reducing carbon emissions, was due to take place last November at the city’s SEC but was postponed for a year because of the coronavirus outbreak. The expectation then was that some 200 world leaders, including new US president Joe Biden, Xi Jinping, the president of China, and Hassan Rouhani, the president of Iran, who in the mid-1990s studied law at Glasgow Caledonian University, would attend along with 30,000 delegates. The Scottish Secretary expressed confidence that the worldwide rollout of vaccines in the coming months should help ensure expectations of a large turnout are fulfilled during the 11 days of what will be the biggest and most important international summit ever to be held in Britain.
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