//Skip to content

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak Skips COP27 in Egypt

October 29, 2022
Rishi Sunak during last year’s COP26, held in Glasgow. Image Credit: ITV News

The United Kingdom’s new Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader, Rishi Sunak, announced on 28 October his decision to not attend COP27, the annual climate summit hosted by Egypt in Sharm El-Sheikh starting 6 November 2022. The reasoning behind Sunak’s decision is to focus on “other pressing domestic commitments including preparations for the autumn Budget,” reports the BBC. Sunak’s decision received backlash from opposition parties and environmental groups deem the decision a “failure of leadership” that shows that the PM is not sufficiently invested in the issue of climate change. Further backlash followed after Downing Street’s confirmation that King Charles will still not attend COP27. King Charles, who is a long-known environmentalist, had been already restricted from attending by Sunak’s predecessor, Liz Truss after concluding it was not the right occasion for his first formal event as the UK’s sovereign. Truss – who with 45 days in power became the shortest-serving PM in the history of the UK after a “chaotic” set of economic policies that saw the British Pound plummet – had previously announced her intentions to visit the conference prior to resigning from the position. Sunak’s cabinet has…

Hi guest,

You've read all of your free articles.
Subscribe now to support independent journalism and to enjoy:

Unlimited access to all our articles

Exclusive events and offers

First access to new premium newsletters

Ability to comment on articles

Full user profile