3 Nov 2022

Rishi Sunak Reverses Decision To Skip COP27 Climate Summit

London: British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak declared on Wednesday that he will attend the COP27 climate summit in Egypt next week, reversing his earlier decision to skip the meeting to focus on domestic issues and the economic crisis in the UK. 

Sunak faced criticism from climate activists and within the government from Indian-origin COP27 President Alok Sharma, who said it was crucial for the prime minister to be present in Sharm El Sheikh to fulfill the UK's obligations on the issue of climate action. 

The pressure increased further as former Prime Minister Boris Johnson, said that he would be attending the summit scheduled between November 6 and 18. 

Later Sunak took to Twitter to divulge his plans "There is no long-term prosperity without action on climate change,' he tweeted.

"There is no energy security without investing in renewables. That is why I will attend COP27 next week: to deliver on Glasgow's legacy of building a secure and sustainable future," he said, with reference to the COP26 summit chaired by the UK in Scotland last November. 

Sharma tweeted that he was delighted the prime minister would now be going.

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