David Cameron “rejected Boris Johnson’s plea to head the climate change summit”
David Cameron reveals that he rejected the & # 39; kind offer & # 39; by Boris Johnson to be the head of the international summit on climate change in Glasgow
- Boris Johnson asked predecessor David Cameron to lead the climate conference
- The former prime minister says he rejected the "kind offer" to take over the summit
- Former Minister Claire O & # 39; Neill criticized Johnson after he was fired last week
Former Prime Minister David Cameron revealed today that he rejected a "kind offer" from Boris Johnson to head an international summit on climate change in Glasgow.
Johnson had hoped that his predecessor and long-standing rival was a president of & # 39; great success & # 39; of the crucial UN conference, known as COP26.
However, Cameron refused on the grounds that a minister would be better placed and had many other commitments. Former Foreign Secretary Lord Hague has apparently also rejected an approach.
The overtures arose amid fears that the rising risks will fall in ruins after former Minister Claire O & # 39; Neill was fired by Prime Minister Dominic Cummings' advisor last week.
It is believed that David Cameron rejected the work of COP26 on the grounds that a minister would be better placed
Johnson officially launched the countdown to COP26 at an event with David Attenborough in London yesterday
She condemned Johnson's delivery of the situation yesterday, claiming that she had privately admitted that she "doesn't understand" the problem of climate change.
Mr. Cameron told reporters today: "It was an honor to be asked to preside over this important conference and it was kind of the Prime Minister to consider me, but my opinion is that these things are better done by a government minister, so there is a person in charge, a chain of command, instead of two.
& # 39; I also have exciting commitments this year, not least with Alzheimer & # 39; s Research UK.
"But I wish the government to host this conference."
Johnson refused to answer questions about who would take on the job during a COP26 launch alongside David Attenborough yesterday.
The government said a minister will take over the position.
The UN climate talks, which will be held in Glasgow in November, are the most important since the Paris Agreement was reached to curb global warming in 2015.
Countries are expected to deliver more ambitious national plans to reduce greenhouse gases by 2030, as current proposals are not enough to avoid dangerous temperature increases.
Lord Hague (right) was also contacted for the COP26 job after former Minister Claire O & # 39; Neill (left) was fired last week
Countries are also pressured to establish long-term plans to reduce emissions, and science now clarifies that the world must reduce greenhouse gases to zero in a matter of decades to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.
The period prior to the talks will require a great diplomatic effort by the United Kingdom to ensure ambitious climate action by countries, at a time when Britain is also negotiating trade agreements with the EU and other nations.
Lord Barker of Battle, who served as Minister of Energy and Climate Change under Cameron, said he understood that the reports were correct.
"I understand that he felt it was too early for him to return personally to a frontline political role," Two & # 39; s Newsnight told the BBC.
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