Less than weeks left police28the biggest event of the climate calendarand RSVPs are coming in, with a few notable exceptions.

This year’s conference in Dubaithe tourist spot of the United Arab EmiratesIt is expected to attract 70,000 people to the city’s Exhibition Centre.

Heads of State or Prime Ministers 167 countries have confirmed their attendance and the majority are expected to attend the World Leaders Summit, which kicks off the two-week event on December 1-2. Leaders of the United KingdomFrance, Germany, India, Japan, Brazil, Iran and Saudi Arabia are among those who will deliver statements on their nations’ climate commitments.

Leaders of Israel and the State of Palestine will deliver remarks as the brutal conflict in the region continues. Since the Hamas attack on October 7, 1,200 Israelis have been killed and 240 people taken hostage. More than 11,000 people have died in besieged Gaza, reports the UN, including thousands of children.

One of the most controversial attendees will be Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who visited the United Arab Emirates twice last year. The presence of Assad, who presided over a brutal and ongoing civil war and has committed countless war crimes against his own people, has outraged human rights activists. Last week, France issued an arrest warrant for the Syrian dictator for alleged use of banned chemical weapons against civilians in Syria. CNN reported.

The Cop28 climate summit will be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from November 30 to December 12.

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Fellow pariah President Vladimir Putin is not expected to be in Dubai. He has barely left Russia since he invaded Ukraine in 2022, and An international war crimes arrest warrant was subsequently issued against him. Russian state media reported earlier this year that Putin said Russia would be represented at a “decent level” at Cop28.

Ukraine has confirmed its attendance at the climate summit. The independent has asked the country’s Foreign Ministry whether President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will make the trip to Dubai, but did not receive an immediate response.

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is due to attend despite his recent U-turns on the UK’s net zero emissions plans. That is not the only setback that Britain brings to this police: Sunak will be accompanied by the new Foreign Secretary and the former Prime Minister, David Cameron.

It is not clear whether the president Joe Biden will travel to Cop28 and the White House did not respond to an email when asked about The independent. Similarly, no information has been provided regarding President Xi Jinping of China.

However, the meeting of the two superpowers in California last week provided a note of optimism ahead of the summit after Biden and Xi agreed to boost efforts to reduce emissions, particularly methane, a powerful short-term warming gas. term. Expected to be in Dubai are U.S. and Chinese climate envoys John Kerry and Xie Zhenhua, longtime counterparts who have held climate talks amid bilateral tensions over other issues.

The United States also intends to send a Senate delegation to participate in an event on December 10, but it is not yet clear who exactly will attend. The Senate press office did not immediately respond to an email seeking information on The independent.

Beyond the political sphere, Britain’s King Charles is playing a key role and will travel to Dubai to deliver the keynote address on December 1.

Pope Francis will attend the summit, the first time the leader of the Catholic Church will address a UN climate conference. Francis has made repeated calls for global climate action, particularly for the protection of the most vulnerable, and called out fossil fuel companies for their enormous responsibilities.

Dubai’s glitz and five-star resorts are likely to draw a bevy of climate-minded celebrities to the conference. In previous years Leonardo DiCaprio, Idris Elba, Matt Damon, Stella McCartney and Ellie Goulding have attended.

While hundreds of climate activists and campaign groups will be on the ground, the fossil fuel industry will also be present at the event in the oil-rich nation. Hundreds of oil and gas delegates expected at Cop28; However, unlike previous years, The UN has said they must declare their affiliations. making your reasons for attending much more transparent.