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Presidents, prime ministers and [dignities / dignitaries] from nearly 200 nations have [rescinded / descended] on the city of Glasgow in Scotland. They are [congregation / congregating] for the 26th UN Climate Change Conference - COP26. However, one [notable / knotty] person seems to have been omitted from the invitation list. [That / Which] person is 18-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. Ms Thunberg is in Glasgow for the global [summit / zenith] , but is unsure as [for / to] whether she will be allowed to attend any of the meetings. Speaking to the BBC, she said: "I don't know. It's very unclear. Not [official / officially] invited." She added: "I think that many people might be [scarred / scared] that if they invite too many radical young people, then that might make them look [bad / badly] ."

U.S. President Joe Biden will be at the event, and China's President Xi Jinping will attend [via / viral] video link. President Biden was in Rome on Friday for a meeting with the Pope. A [number / numeral] of climate activists noted the [ironic / irony] of his [motorcade / arcade] having 95 cars in it, just two days [ahead / heading] of a climate conference. Ms Thunberg criticised the conference for what she [viewpoint / views] as a lack of delegates from [developing / development] countries. She said: "We need more representation from the Global South, from [the / a] most affected people and areas." The UK's Prime Minister Boris Johnson is [hosting / host] the conference. He said: "COP26 must mark the beginning of the end of climate change." He added: "Too many countries are still [doing / done] too little."

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