Rishi Sunak will eventually attend COP27 next week, a reversal of previous expectations that the UK Prime Minister would skip the world climate summit due to “other urgent domestic commitments”.
In a tweet on Wednesday, Sunak confirmed he was going to the summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, scheduled for November 6-18, which will bring together world leaders to discuss the climate crisis to discuss.
“Without action on climate change, there is no long-term prosperity. There is no energy security without investing in renewable energy,” Sunak tweeted.
“That’s why I will be attending COP27 next week: to continue Glasgow’s legacy of building a safe and sustainable future,” he said, referring to the Scottish city that hosted last year’s COP26 summit.
Last week Downing Street said Sunak was unable to attend because of “other urgent domestic commitments”, notably preparations for the Autumn Declaration. Chancellor Jeremy Hunt is scheduled to present the financial report on November 17th.
Sunak, who served as Britain’s Chancellor under Boris Johnson, initially stated that he would not be attending COP27 due to scheduling constraints.
But the Financial Times reported over the weekend that Downing Street had changed position. A senior Whitehall official said Tuesday it was now “probable” that Sunak would attend on November 6, the day other world leaders would be in attendance.
https://www.ft.com/content/f53f83a2-7a8f-458d-80d2-4c5bcf3e7012 Rishi Sunak attends the COP27 climate summit in Egypt