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MP welcomes the UK hosting climate summit in 2020

Gloucester MP Richard Graham has welcomed the announcement that the UK looks set to host the United Nations' flagship climate change summit, COP26, next year.

Richard Graham has consistently pushed for the UK to host this important summit. Some weeks ago, he posted a petition for constituents to sign supporting the UK bid.

Richard said: "This is a step forward for UK leadership on global environmental issues, on which all countries need to do more. I am delighted to present a petition to Parliament calling for the UK to host the next UN climate change conference. The government has accepted that climate change does represent an emergency and is the first major country to legislate for zero net carbon emissions by 2050. The UK hosting the 2020 climate change conference shows that we are ready to lead on this important moment of change, and where all nations hopefully pledge to do more."

Richard thanked those who have signed his petition or written in to show their interest in UK action on climate change.

COP26 is due to be held in late 2020 and is expected to see the Paris Agreement come into full effect.

A final decision on the summit's location is likely in the next few days, as global climate negotiators meet in Bonn. Under an agreement between the UK and Italy, Italy will host the pre-COP events, with the UK staging the summit itself.

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