A Downing Street spokesperson said on Thursday that British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will not be attending the COP27 climate summit in Egypt next week because of “other pressing commitments”.
The UK will continue to be attended by COP26 President Alok Sharma, as well as other senior ministers, at the climate summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, the statement said.
A Downing Street spokeswoman said: “The government is committed to supporting COP27, tackling climate change and leading international action to protect nature.
“The prime minister is not scheduled to attend the summit in Egypt due to other urgent domestic commitments, including the preparation of the autumn statement.”
Sharma and senior ministers in attendance will work to ensure countries move forward with the commitments made at COP26 in Glasgow, the statement continued.
The news comes after British media reported in early October that the environmentalist King Charles III would be absent from COP27 after then-Prime Minister Liz Truss advised him to drop plans to attend COP27. A week later.
CNN understands that the King’s attendance at COP27 has not been confirmed, and after consultations with the government, a joint agreement was reached that this was not an appropriate occasion for Prince Charles’ first overseas visit as a sovereign. was made.
King Charles will attend the Climate Change Conference as Prince of Wales in 2021.