Climate Change Convention

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 28th October 2019.

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Photo of Barry Gardiner Barry Gardiner Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Climate Change), Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment has been made of the advantages and disadvantages of appointing the role of President of the 26th Conference of the Parties UN Climate Conference external to the executive.

Photo of Kwasi Kwarteng Kwasi Kwarteng The Minister of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

My rt. hon. Friend the Prime Minister has asked my rt. hon. Friend the Member for Devizes (Claire Perry MP) to take on the role of UK nominated COP26 President. This is a strong signal that the PM is committed to a successful COP and is keen we ramp up preparations accordingly.

My rt. hon. Friend’s experience as a former minister for energy and clean growth, as well as founding the Powering Past Coal Alliance (alongside Canada) will be invaluable in delivering COP26.

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