Alok Sharma confirms COP26 unit to be shrunk by around a third

The UK may officially remain the President of the COP26 Climate Summit until the COP27 Summit kicks off in Egypt this November, but the team working to build on last year’s Glasgow Climate Pact is to be shrunk by around a third in the coming months.

Appearing before the Lords Environment and Climate Change Committee, COP26 President Alok Sharma confirmed the team within the Cabinet Office assigned to lead work on the UK’s Presidency of the UN climate talks would fall from around 220 people to around 140 to 150.

However, Sharma reiterated the UK would continue to work hard to ensure the various pledges and promises made at last November’s Glasgow Summit are honoured, including the crucial commitment contained in the Glasgow Climate Pact for countries to strengthen their national climate action plans if they are not yet in line with limiting warming to 1.5C.

Sharma faces a significant

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