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With so many world leaders flocking to Paris for the latest U.N. climate megaconference, the event planners are having to divide them into two groups for Monday’s day-long opening segment.
Since “it is not possible to have all statements delivered in one room within the set timeframe for the event,” organizers say 72 leaders will deliver their statements in one meeting room, “Loire,” at the conference venue north or Paris, while at the same time in the nearby “Seine” chamber, another 70 will deliver theirs.
The vast majority of leaders taking part in the so-called COP21 event, which begins just 17 days after deadly terrorist attacks in Paris and runs through Dec. 11, are presidents and prime ministers. Four kings (Morocco, Jordan, Cambodia, Lesotho) will attend, while a handful of countries are sending vice-presidents.
President Obama is third in the speaking order in the “Seine” room, after the president of Paraguay and the king of Morocco. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin are a few speakers down the list in the same venue, while the prime minister of India – the third-largest emitter of “greenhouse gases” blamed for climate change – has a slot much further down that list.
On the other list, leaders from Italy, Japan, Australia, Denmark and the Netherlands will rub shoulders with Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and Mahmoud Abbas, “president of the state of Palestine.”
Notable absentees include Iranian President Hasan Rouhani and Saudi King Salman.
The rival Shi’ite and Sunni nations, one immediately after the other on the speaking schedule, will be represented instead by Iran’s deputy president and Salman’s son, the deputy crown prince.
Cuban President Raul Castro is also not taking part, sending his first vice-president in his place. Missing from the list are any representatives from Syria, Sudan, North Korea, Burma, Qatar, and several other countries.
In contrast to the situation at the U.N. General Assembly each year, organizers are insistent that speakers limit their statements to three minutes each, and say that will be strictly enforced.
COP21, which stands for the 21st Conference of the Parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), is expected to attract more than 40,000 delegates from 195 countries.
The goal is to reach agreement on reducing global greenhouse gas emissions in a bid to
keeping average temperatures from rising more than two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. World leaders agreed several years ago that doing so was necessary to avoid potentially catastrophic effects on the planet.
Wealthy countries are also expected to commit to helping poor countries cope with climate change.