The UK is pressing to place Alok Sharma in full-time charge of talks with Cop26


The business secretary should concentrate on making the climate summit in Glasgow a success, experts claim.

“Amber Rudd, who led the UK delegation to the successful Paris climate talks in 2015, as Minister of Energy and Climate Change, said, “Alok will do that and do it well.

“But to make it a success, it will take 100 percent of his time, energy and persuasion. “Over the weekend, a report claimed that Sharma, who has headed the Ministry of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) since a reshuffle early last year alongside the post of Cop26 president, could give up the business role to concentrate on the UN summit. The move will pave the way for the former Chancellor, Sajid Javid, who resigned to return to the government in the middle of a conflict with Dominic Cummings…. Government sources insisted, however, that due to the severity of the coronavirus situation, no immediate reshuffle was planned, with adjustments likely to be postponed until the summer or fall.

A spokeswoman said, “Alok Sharma remains business minister and Cop26 president, driving progress on climate change in the UK and around the world ahead of the Cop26 summit later this year. “Sharma is a good president, said Lord Stern, the world-renowned climate economist advising the government on Cop26. “He is deeply committed to climate action and Cop26, interacts very well with people, is a good listener and does a very good job as Cop president,” Stern said. Some climate experts said that plans could be helped by a full-time Cop26 president.

“A former chief science adviser to the administration, Sir David King, said, “At BEIS, positive things are happening.

I hope the new Secretary of State will continue that. It will certainly be a positive idea to have a full-time role for Sharma at Cop26. “John Sauven, Greenpeace UK’s Executive Director, said, “Given the crucial importance of the Glasgow climate summit to our world’s future, it is absolutely vital that the president works full time and insists on achieving an optimistic outcome.

But the president always needs to be at the forefront of the government to obtain this result. This is a job that should not be outsourced in the parking lot to a Portakabin,” Connor Schwartz, a climate activist at Friends of the Earth, added that Boris Johnson needs to take a more prominent role. “It should certainly be a full-time job to chair the international effort to respond to this emergency.

Sandrine Dixson-Declève, co-president of the Club of Rome, added that the French effectively led the Paris Agreement with then-Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, showing that the position can be combined with a major role, but it also needs to be a whole-of-government initiative, and it will be up to the prime minister, as well as the president of the COP, to ensure that it is a top priority from now until November. Fabius remained the foreign minister and, in the run-up to Paris, used his place. How Sharma uses the time between now and Cop26 is what matters now.


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