After initially snubbing CoP27 in Egypt, the new British Premier Rishi Sunak announces that he will participate in the international climate conference that will begin today, Sunday 6 November, in Sharm El Sheikh. On Twitter he wrote: "There will be no long-term prosperity without action on climate change, that's why I will be attending COP27: to carry on Glasgow's climate legacy of building a secure and sustainable future."
Initially Sunak had snubbed CoP27 because he was too busy drafting the budget law, even if according to some British media the Premier would seem little interested in the environmental issue. The change of decision and participation came after the strong criticism received from environmentalists.
UK Premier Rishi Sunak snubs CoP27 but will eventually go to Egypt
Wera Hobhouse, head of the environmental dossiers of the Liberal Democratic party who accuses: "All this defeat has shown that the environment is not a priority at all for Rishi Sunak, who changed his mind only after being embarrassed by the presence at the summit on the climate of the former premier Boris Johnson.
" Caroline Lucas, an MP for the Greens, spoke instead of a strident change of strategy after an embarrassing misstep on the world stage: "Let it be a lesson for him, climate leadership matters." Angela Rayner, deputy head of Labor, said from her that she was embarrassing that the prime minister was dragged, kicking and shouting, to do the right thing.
Meanwhile, before Sunak's change of decision, King Charles III had decided to organize a climate summit in London. The 27th edition of the Conference of the Parties (COP 27) organized by the United Nations will be held in Egypt in Sharm-el-Sheikh from 6 to 18 November.
Assizes started after the Rio de Janeiro Conference of 1992, which led to the signing of the Treaty called United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (Unfccc) by 154 states (later increased to 197) which did not set mandatory and legally binding limits on individual states for greenhouse gas emissions.