COP26 President Alok Sharma to stay in post for another year

LONDON – UK COP26 President Alok Sharma will stay in office until November 2022, when Egypt becomes the host country, Boris Johnson confirmed on Monday.

The UK Prime Minister told MPs that while Sharma deserves “a well-deserved break”, next year “will press countries to go further and ensure that the promises made in Glasgow are not watered down”.

Earlier, the Prime Minister’s spokesman told journalists that there were no plans to create a new post at cabinet level to continue the government’s work on net-zero.

Sharma received praise for leading the talks from across the political spectrum, with Shadow Energy Minister Ed Miliband praising him as “a person of decency, integrity and commitment”.

Former Prime Minister Theresa May urged enforcement of the Glasgow pact, saying: “There is much more to be done … Britain has a crucial role to play next year.”

Labor leader Keir Starmer said progress has been hampered by Johnson’s “unsuspecting uplift” and “plans to cut emissions are far too short”.

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