WITH COP26 just days away, world leaders and famous faces will descend upon Glasgow for the international climate change conference.

Hundreds of politicians, climate activists, industry experts and journalists from across the global will be in Glasgow for around two weeks to speak about global warming and importantly, what can be done to tackle it.

It will be the biggest summit ever hosted in Scotland with around 190 world leaders attending in person or virtually over the course of 12 days.

The aim of the conference is to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, however just a few names are widely known so far.

Here is a list of everyone we know so far who will be attending in the coming days.

Which world leaders are attending?

The Herald:


  • US President Joe Biden
  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson
  • First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
  • Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall
  • French President Emmanuel Macron
  • Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison will attend virtually
  • Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
  • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi
  • Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett
  • Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan
  • Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi
  • Colombian President Ivan Duque
  • Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven
  • Swiss President Guy Parmelin
  • Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro
  • South Korean President Moon Jae-in is expected to attend, however the presidency has not made an official announcement yet.
  • The President of the Democratic Republic of Congo Felix Tshisekedi
  • Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari
  • Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo
  • Argentinian President Alberto Fernandez

Who else will be attending? 

Along with thousands of industry experts, some famous faces including activists and culture leaders can be expected amongst those in Glasgow between October 31 and November 12. 

Here’s who we expect will be attending, so far.

The Herald:

  • Sir David Attenborough
  • Pietro Parolin, Cardinal Secretary of State of Vatican City 
  • Greta Thunberg has announced she will be in Glasgow to take part in climate change protests on the streets
  • Barack Obama
  • COP26 President Alok Sharma
  • US Secretary of State John Kerry
  • The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall
  • The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
  • President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen
  • Vice President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans
  • UN Secretary General António Guterres
  • Chinese climate envoy Xie Zhenhua


Who will not be attending?

The Herald:

  • Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin
  • Pope Francis
  • Chinese President Xi Jinping
  • Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II