US Climate Envoy John Kerry said he hopes UK King Charles III reconsiders his decision regarding not going to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Egypt’s Sharm El-Sheikh city in November.
On an interview with BBC published on Friday, Kerry hailed King Charles’ efforts to support climate action, saying he has been a “terrific leader on this issue” and that it would be “terrific” in case the King is able to attend the conference.
Earlier this month, Buckingham Palace confirmed that King Charles, a veteran climate advocate, will not attend COP27 in Egypt based on an advice by UK’s then-Prime Minister Liz Truss.
This comes although the king had planned to attend the conference as prince of Wales before ascending the throne in September. Media reports have quoted the Egyptian government as advising the UK against “backtracking from the global climate agenda” after it was confirmed that the king will not attend the conference. However, the Egyptian government has not issued any official statements in this regard.
After ascending the throne, King Charles discussed with Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in September the climate change issue among topics of mutual concern, the Presidency said. This comes in light of the various initiatives sponsored by the king in this regard as well as COP27 in Egypt, the statement added.
Egypt has been working with the UK over the past months to ensure the success of COP27 by building on the achievements of COP27 in UK’s Glasgow last year.
On Thursday, Truss, the successor of Boris Johnson, resigned as prime minister only 44 days from taking post after her economic programme rocket financial markets and angered much of her Conservative Party.
As per her resignation, Truss will reportedly be the shortest-serving prime minister in the history of the UK.
Egypt will host COP27 from 6 to 18 November with promises to work on turning climate pledges into action as per the Paris Agreement.