COP26: in Glasgow, a week divided between organizational hiccups and announcement effects


STORY – Badly engaged, the 26e The UN climate conference has already been the scene of great promises. To confirm.

Special Envoy to Glasgow

The tide has turned in Glasgow. When the COP26 “last chance»Opened last Sunday, the risk of fiasco paralyzed the organizers: the Secretary General of the UN, Antonio Guterres, said to himself “Deeply worried” ; “It can go very badly”, blurted out Boris Johnson, the host of this climate conference snubbed by Chinese President Xi Jinping (alone, his country nevertheless emits a quarter of the planet’s greenhouse gases) and his Russian (Vladimir Poutine) and Brazilian counterparts (Javier Bolsonaro) or Indian (Narendra Modi). Worse still, the tired queen of England finally had to resolve to stay in Windsor, unable to provide the country with the sometimes miraculous successes of royal diplomacy.

The first few days are no more reassuring. The 40,000 or so participants – national delegations, observers, NGOs, journalists – have to deal with an organization deemed to be so “chaotic” that the United Nations will feel

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