UK’s Sunak to attend COP27

Ahram Online , Wednesday 2 Nov 2022

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced on Wednesday that he would attend the 27th session of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Egypt’s Sharm El-Sheikh next week.

Rishi Sunak
New British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak speaks at Downing Street in London, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022. AFP

“There is no long-term prosperity without action on climate change. There is no energy security without investing in renewables.” Sunak said on Twitter earlier Wednesday, adding that therefore he would attend COP27 next week.

The British PM stated he would deliver during his participation in COP27 to deliver on Glasgow COP26’s legacy of building a secure and sustainable future.

Rishi Sunak, who was appointed prime minister on 25 October, has been condemned for announcing that he will not be at the summit at the Egyptian Red Sea resort last week.

Sunak's spokesman on October 27 cited the PM's "pressing domestic commitments" linked to the disastrous economic plans of Johnson's short-lived immediate successor, Liz Truss.

He was also criticised for downgrading the post of the government's COP26 minister Alok Sharma and climate minister Graham Stuart, preventing them from attending cabinet

On Tuesday, his spokesman said his attendance was "under review".

Britain's former prime minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday said he will go to the upcoming UN climate change conference that will kick off next week from 6 to 18 November after being "invited by the Egyptians".
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