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Rishi Sunak pledges UK to become world leader in climate action

Last updated: November 05, 2022, 00:14 IST

Sunak's earlier decision to skip the talks was criticized by many, including climate adviser Alok Sharma (File Photo/Reuters)

Sunak’s earlier decision to skip the talks was criticized by many, including climate adviser Alok Sharma (File Photo/Reuters)

Sunak said at a reception at Buckingham Palace that he believed “the agreements we have reached in Glasgow are a source of hope for the world”.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak promised on Friday that Britain would build on the results of his presidency at the COP26 summit on climate change in Glasgow, as Egypt prepared to host the next meeting to tackle global warming.

The UK hosted world leaders in Scotland last year, with nearly 200 countries coming together in a global deal to fight climate change and work towards net-zero emissions.

Sunak said at a reception at Buckingham Palace that he believed “the agreements we have reached in Glasgow are a source of hope for the world” and insisted that “London’s global leadership will continue”.

“It is the hope of many that the legacy of this summit, written in history books yet to be printed, will describe you as the leaders who did not pass up the opportunity, and that you answered the call of those future generations,” said Sunak. told guests.

King Charles III invited more than 200 world leaders, businessmen and environmentalists to the reception of the palace. Among those in attendance were British fashion designer Stella McCartney and US climate envoy John Kerry.

Sunak spoke after changing his mind and decided to attend the COP27 summit, after he faced a storm of criticism for saying he couldn’t go because of his busy schedule at home.

The summit begins on Sunday in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

Charles, on the other hand, followed the government’s advice not to go.

Sunak praised the monarch’s dedication to environmental issues, saying that Charles has “worked for more than 50 years to find practical solutions to climate change and biodiversity loss”.

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