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Rishi Sunak Calls for a Worldwide Focus on ‘Clean Growth’ at Cop27!

Rishi Sunak will tell world leaders at the COP27 summit that fighting climate change can become “a global mission for new jobs and clean growth.”

The prime minister will also talk about how important it is for countries to keep the promises they made at COP26 in Glasgow last year.

The head of the UN’s climate change program said that a key goal to limit temperature rises around the world is “still within reach.”

After becoming PM of the UK last month, Mr. Sunak is going to Egypt for his first trip abroad.

He got to Sharm el-Sheikh on Sunday night and will attend the UN summit with other world leaders, like US Vice President Joe Biden and France’s Emmanuel Macron.

Mr. Sunak will announce the funding of more than £200 million to protect forests and help developing countries use green technologies.

This week, he changed his mind about not going to COP27 after opposition MPs and activists criticized him. At first, he said he couldn’t go because he was too busy making the budget for November.

In his opening speech on Monday, Mr. Sunak will tell world leaders that they need to “move further and faster” to limit global warming to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels and avoid the worst effects of climate change.

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He will say that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has “reinforced” how important it is to stop using fossil fuels, but he will also say that the move can help new green industries grow.

“The world met in Glasgow for the last time to try to come up with a plan that would keep global temperature rises to 1.5C. Today, the question is whether or not we have the collective will to keep those promises “he will say.

Rishi Sunak Calls for a Worldwide Focus on 'Clean Growth

“We can turn our fight against climate change into a global mission for new jobs and clean growth if we keep the promises we made in Glasgow. And we can leave our children a world that is greener and a brighter future.”

Mr. Sunak will also meet Mr. Macron, the president of France, at the conference. They are likely to talk about people crossing the English Channel in small boats. The prime minister has said that reducing the number of crossings is one of the most important things to do.

Downing Street said that Mr. Sunak will announce an extra £65.5 million for the Clean Energy Innovation Facility, which gives grants to researchers and scientists in developing countries who are working on clean technologies like biomass-powered refrigeration in India and lithium-ion batteries in Nigeria.

It also said that the UK will spend £90 million to protect the Congo Basin rainforest and £65 million to help native and local communities.

Ed Miliband of Labour said that Mr. Sunak had to be “dragged kicking and screaming” to the summit and that it was “unlikely” that he could claim to be a climate leader.

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The shadow secretary for climate change said that the government should stop planning to give out more licenses for North Sea exploration and stop being against onshore wind.

As COP27 started, the UN warned that it would take “extraordinary effort” to meet the important goal of keeping the temperature rising to 1.5C.

Simon Stiell, the new head of climate change at the UN, said, “Science tells us that it is still possible.” “We can’t get rid of the stress.”

Rishi Sunak Calls for a Worldwide Focus on 'Clean Growth

Mr. Stiell told the BBC World Service’s Newshour program that only 29 states had made stronger climate commitments since last year, which he said was “not enough.”

The UN’s weather and climate body had just put out a report showing that the rate at which sea levels are rising has doubled since 1993. This is what he was talking about.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called the report a “chronicle of climate chaos” and urged governments at COP27 to respond to the planet’s “distress signal” with “ambitious, credible climate action.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which is made up of climate scientists from the UN, says that global temperatures have risen by 1.1C and are on track to rise by 1.5C. (IPCC).

If temperatures rise 1.7 to 1.8C above what they were in the 1850s, the IPCC says that heat and humidity could kill half of the world’s population.

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The UN has warned that rich countries are not giving developing countries enough money to help them adapt to a changing climate and grow in a clean way.

But Mr. Stiell said that the conference was off to a “hopeful start” because developing countries were able to get the tough topic of “loss and damage” put on the agenda.

This argument is about how much money rich countries should pay to the states that are hurt the most by climate change.

President of the Federated States of Micronesia David Panuelo told the BBC that bigger countries needed to “come good with their nationally determined contributions.”

Mr. Panuelo pointed out China, India, Mexico, Indonesia, and Brazil and said, “Many countries need to come forward with… commitments to help meet this challenge that the world is facing now.”

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