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UK’s Sunak to take part in COP27 climate talks – POLITICO


British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has confirmed that he will, after all, be attending the global climate conference COP27.

Having previously said he would skip UN talks in order to focus on domestic issues, Sunak tweeted Wednesday that he would attend the conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, “next week”.

“There is no long-term prosperity without action on climate change. There is no energy security without investment in renewable energy,” he said.

The UK hands over the mantle of UN climate host to Egypt when the talks open on Sunday. Sunak said he wanted to “deliver on Glasgow’s legacy of building a safe and sustainable future”.

The prime minister’s initial decision not to attend raised questions about his commitment to tackling climate change, prompting a rebuke from his own climate czar, Alok Sharma.

Sunak’s descent appeared inevitable after Whitehall officials told POLITICO he began planning bilateral meetings earlier this week.

But the U-turn will not fail to annoy those on the right of his Conservative party who had celebrated his decision not to go.

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