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Two-week UN climate summit formally opens in Glasgow

India, the world's third biggest emitter, has yet to follow China, the U.S. and the European Union in setting a target for reaching net zero emissions. Negotiators are hoping India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi will announce such a goal in Glasgow.

October 31, 2021 / 05:18 PM IST
UN climate summit began on October 31, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland (AP Photo)

UN climate summit began on October 31, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland (AP Photo)

The U.N. climate summit in Glasgow has formally opened, kicking off two weeks of intense diplomatic negotiations by almost 200 countries on how to tackle the common challenge of global warming.

Following Sundays opening gavel, officials began addressing a raft of procedural matters before leaders from around the world gather in Scotlands biggest city Monday to lay out their countries efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions and deal with the effects of climate change.

Many of the issues being discussed during the Oct. 31-Nov. 12 talks have been on the agenda for decades, including how rich countries can help poor nations tackle emissions and adapt to a hotter world. The slow pace of action has angered many environmental campaigners, who are expected to stage loud and creative protests during the summit.

The outgoing president of the meeting, Chiles Carolina Schmidt, started the talks by asking officials to observe a minutes silence for those who have died due to the coronavirus pandemic since the last U.N. climate conference was held in late 2019, shortly before the outbreak began.