Rishi Sunak recalls words of late Queen Elizabeth II during Cop27 speech

The Prime Minister says 'we found room for hope' at last year's Cop26 conference

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Rishi Sunak began his national statement at the Cop27 climate summit by referring to the late Queen, as he said he believes the world can deliver on its climate promises.

Rishi Sunak praised the late Queen Elizabeth II in his speech.
Rishi Sunak praised the late Queen Elizabeth II in his speech.

The Prime Minister told the conference hall: “When Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II addressed Cop26 last year, she reflected how history has show that when nations come together in common cause, there is always room for hope.

“I believe we found room for hope in Glasgow.

“With one last chance to create a plan that would limit global temperature rises to 1.5 degrees, we made the promises to keep that goal within reach.

“And the question today is this: Can we summon the collective will to deliver them?

“I believe we can.”

The Prime Minister told the UN climate conference in Sharm El-Sheikh: “Climate security goes hand in hand with energy security.

“Putin’s abhorrent war in Ukraine and rising energy prices across the world are not a reason to go slow on climate change. “They are a reason to act faster.

“Because diversifying our energy supplies by investing in renewables is precisely the way to insure ourselves against the risks of energy dependency.

“It’s also a fantastic source of new jobs and growth.” He added:

“So instead of developing countries being unfairly burdened with the carbon debt of richer nations and somehow expected to forgo that same path to growth, we are helping those countries deliver their own fast track to clean growth.”