- Posted by: Valerie Vaz MP
- Category: News
On Wednesday 1 December 2021, there were questions to the President of COP26 Alok Sharma MP the first after COP26. The Conference of the Parties 26 took place last month in Glasgow. There are concerns that the Egyptian Government may not allow legitimate meetings and prevent groups such as climate activists and civil society groups, particularly their youth members who are at the heart of climate action, from attending COP27 which will take place in Cairo next year.
I asked the President:
I also pay tribute to the President of COP26 for the incredible work that he did. Has he had any discussions with the Egyptian Government about whether civil society groups can attend the fringe meetings, including very important people such as David Attenborough and Greta Thunberg, and also First nations around the world that maybe did not have a seat at the table?
The response from the President of COP26:
I thank the right hon. Lady for her kind words. Obviously, we had some initial discussions with Egyptian colleagues at COP26 itself, but I hope to have a conversation with them, certainly before Christmas, and to visit Egypt again in the New Year to talk about how we work in our presidency year as we move to COP27.