Climate Change Convention: Glasgow

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 12th June 2020.

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Photo of Alan Whitehead Alan Whitehead Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Climate Change), Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many and what proportion of UK diplomats have been directly tasked with encouraging strong Nationally Determined Contributions from countries participating in COP 26 in November 2021.

Photo of James Duddridge James Duddridge Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

Tackling climate change in collaboration with international partners is a high priority for this government, and COP26 will require a whole-of-government effort, including strong diplomatic engagement. All Heads of Mission have been instructed by the Foreign Secretary to make climate change a top priority and, supported by around 180 diplomatic staff in embassies around the world, four regional COP26 ambassadors and the 24 staff in the Climate Diplomacy Team in FCO, encouraging strong Nationally Determined Contributions from countries is a major part of that work.

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