Countries are expected to publish targets known as nationally defined contributions before the summit. However, The Times reported that only half of the G20 countries have revealed their plans.
A number of world leaders will also miss the event, including Australian prime minister Scott Morrison, and Vladimir Putin may not attend due to coronavirus fears. Pope France is not expected to attend.
US president Joe Biden confirmed he would be in Glasgow, but on Thursday American climate ambassador John Kerry voiced his pessimism about the summit’s prospects: “It would be great if everybody come and now everybody gets to 1.5 degrees,” he said. . “That would be great. But some countries don’t yet have the energy mix that allows them to do that.”