British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced on Wednesday that he would attend the COP27 climate summit in Egypt next week, reversing his previous decision to skip the meeting to focus on domestic issues and the economic crisis in the UK.
Sunak took to Twitter to reveal his plans following criticism from climate activists and Indian-origin COP27 president Alok Sharma within the government, who said it would be a good idea for the prime minister to appear in Sharm el-Sheikh to show Britain’s commitment. was important. Climate action issue.
The pressure mounted when his former boss, former Prime Minister Boris Johnson, confirmed that he would attend the summit to be held from November 6 to 18.
“There is no long-term prosperity without action on climate change,” Sunak tweeted.
In reference to the COP26 summit chaired by the UK, he said, “There is no energy security without investing in renewable energy. That’s why I will be attending COP27 next week: to fulfill Glasgow’s legacy of building a safe and sustainable future.” For.” In Scotland last November.
Sharma tweeted that he is glad that the Prime Minister is leaving now.
The opposition Labor Party described the decision as “kicking and shouting for the right thing to do; shameful” in contrast to participating as a cynic.
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Labor leader Keir Starmer accused the prime minister of acting “in the name of political management” rather than in the national interest.
“Leading to criticism is not leadership. Real leadership is occupying your seat at the table. For UK jobs. For clean energy. For our environment,” he tweeted.
Liberal Democrat climate change spokeswoman Vera Hobhouse said: “This whole debacle has shown that the environment is not a priority for Sage Sunak. He’s only going after Boris Johnson to be embarrassed by his presence.”
The Green Party initially called it a “shouting U-turn” and “an embarrassingly wrong move on the world stage” to announce plans not to participate.
Earlier this week, Downing Street said Sunak’s attendance at the summit was “being reviewed” as progress was being made with Chancellor Jeremy Hunt on the preparation of a key economic statement scheduled for 17 November.
Several world leaders, including US President Joe Biden and France’s Emmanuel Macron, are scheduled to attend the 27th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
India’s Union Environment Minister Bhupendra Yadav will lead an 18-member delegation to COP27, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s presence yet to be confirmed.
King Charles III, a fervent climate campaigner who will not attend, will host the COP27 pre-summit reception for world leaders at Buckingham Palace on Friday.
It is planned as a review of progress made since the UK hosted the COP26 summit in Glasgow last November, with Sunak and Sharma participating along with international business leaders and decision makers.
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