UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said Wednesday that he will be attending next week’s COP27 climate summit in Egypt, following widespread criticism of his previous decision not to.
“There is no long-term prosperity without action on climate change. There is no energy security without investing in renewables,” tweeted Sunak.
“That is why I will attend @COP27P next week: to deliver on Glasgow’s legacy of building a secure and sustainable future,” the post ends.
Last week a Downing Street spokesperson said that Sunak was not expected to attend the climate summit due to “other pressing commitments,” including preparations for the government’s autumn budget.
That decision drew strong criticism from politicians and climate campaigners. Leader of the opposition Labour Party Keir Starmer said on Twitter that it was “not an event to shun.”