The COP26 conference has kicked off in Glasgow today.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has welcomed more than 120 world leaders saying, “It’s one minute to midnight, and we need to act now.”

US President Joe Biden, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, India’s PM Narendra Modi, France’s President Emmanuel Macron and Ibrahim Solih, president of Maldives, will be addressing the conference today.

Pakistani PM Imran Khan cancelled plans to attend the global climate summit owing to a tense domestic situation. He will be represented by Adviser to PM on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam along with a high-level delegation.

But major world powers — Russia, China and Turkey — won’t be attending the conference either. China’s president Xi Jinping will be addressing Cop26 via a written statement while Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to deliver a recorded message. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is skipping because Britain’s security arrangements don’t meet Turkey’s demands.

President Biden expressed his disappointment, telling reporters at G20 that, “Russia and … China basically didn’t show up in terms of any commitments to deal with climate change.”

Meanwhile UN chief Antonio Guterres has already warned that Cop26 might just fail because of “dangerous levels of mistrust among the big powers.”

“Let’s be clear — there is a serious risk that Glasgow will not deliver,” the UN chief said.

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