Climate Change: International Cooperation

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 12th March 2019.

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Photo of Helen Hayes Helen Hayes Labour, Dulwich and West Norwood

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions his Department has had with international counterparts to promote a global co-ordinated approach on tackling climate change.

Photo of Claire Perry Claire Perry The Minister of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Minister of State (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Clean Growth)

We work collaboratively with other countries to tackle climate change in a variety of international fora.

We play a leading role in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change process, which brings together almost 200 countries to discuss a global approach to tackling climate change. This process led to 195 countries coming together to secure the historic Paris Agreement in 2015, and a common rulebook for its implementation being agreed last year in Poland. This rulebook will drive genuine climate action globally, while allowing for flexibility and support for those countries that need it.

As part of this process, we have offered to host the next important 2020 summit, COP26, demonstrating our commitment to ambitious international climate action.

Later this year, the UN Secretary General is convening a Climate Summit in New York. The UK is committed to ensuring it is a success and will be working to bring together key international actors from across the public and private sectors, to drive transformative action on building resilience to climate change.

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