UK: Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is finally going to COP27

After initially indicating he would not be making the trip to the conference, the prime minister backtracked in the face of the heated controversy.





By The Point.fr with AFP

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Lthe head of the British government, Rishi Sunak, announced on Wednesday that he would finally go to COP27. “There is no long-term prosperity without action on climate change. There is no energy security without investing in renewable energy. That is why I will be attending @COP27 next week: to ensure Glasgow’s legacy is translated into a secure and sustainable future ,” the 42-year-old Tory leader tweeted.

The newly appointed British Prime Minister, the conservative had caused a great outcry in his own camp by broadcasting his desire to reject COP27, which opens in Egypt on Sunday, citing the need to focus on the budget that he will present next November 17 ., according to International mail. An argument that had convinced no one. Downing Street quickly stalled on Monday, saying the decision was “under review”. The absence of the British Prime Minister was seen as a particularly negative marker: COP26, which took place in Glasgow, the UK is still president of the event until the start of the 2022 edition.

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Sunak under pressure

It didn’t take long for the blows to fall on Rishi Sunak: “If you look at what’s happened in the Australian election in recent months, one of the reasons the Conservatives lost is that people had the impression , that they did not take issue [du changement climatique] seriously enough,” warned Alok Sharma, a Conservative parliamentarian and president of COP26, who said he was “very disappointed” by the prime minister’s stance.

Boris Johnson has announced that he will be present in Sharm el-Sheikh “to show his solidarity in the fight against the climate crisis” and certainly to heal his image, a week after giving up on stalling a new mandate for Downing Street. King Charles III himself, a notorious environmentalist, responded by announcing that this weekend would bring together “around 200 business leaders, decision-makers and NGOs to mark the end of the UK presidency of COP26”. Barely a week after his arrival in Downing Street, Rishi Sunak is already facing controversy and his own camp is already turning its back on him.


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