UK government drops Claire O’Neill as president of COP 26 summit

(Climate Home News, 31 Jan 2020) British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has dropped Claire O’Neill as president of a crucial UN summit on climate change to be held in November 2020 in Glasgow.

In a short statement on Friday afternoon, the UK government said O’Neill, the UK’s former clean growth minister, “will no longer be UK Cop26 president”.

The move is part of an imminent UK cabinet reshuffle initiated by Johnson. The structure of the UK government is expected to change as the UK prepares to formally leave the EU at the end of a transition period in December.

The government statement said Johnson was “grateful to Claire for her work preparing for what will be a very successful and ambitious climate change summit in Glasgow in November. Preparations will continue at pace for the summit, and a replacement will be confirmed shortly”.

O’Neill’s replacement will be a ministerial role, the statement added.

Johnson is expected to launch “a year of climate action” in a speech on Tuesday.

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