LONDON (AFP) – King Charles III will deliver a speech at the opening of the United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference (COP28) climate conference in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Buckingham Palace said.
The lifelong environmentalist spoke at COP26 in Scotland in 2021 but did not attend the last conference in Egypt, reportedly because of objections by the United Kingdom (UK) prime minister at the time Liz Truss.
In a statement, the palace said the British head of state was invited to attend the opening ceremony of the World Climate Action Summit by UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on December 1.
“The king will deliver an opening address at the summit, hosted by the president of the UAE, in Dubai,” it added.
In a speech at the UN office in Nairobi, where he is taking part in a state visit, Charles called for unity among nations before COP28.
“Left unchecked, global warming, biodiversity loss and climate change are challenges which threaten us all and can only be met by the whole of society working together in the spirit of action, partnership and commitment,” he said.
The crunch climate talks being held in Dubai from November 30 to December 12 will be the 28th such gathering of world leaders under UN auspices known as COPs, which stands for Conference of the Parties.
Charles was reportedly advised not to attend the COP27 by Truss, who was sceptical about commitments of her predecessor Boris Johnson to decarbonise the UK economy.
The palace played down any rift with Truss, who lasted just 49 days in office, saying the decision was made with mutual friendship and respect.