Bennett to meet British, French and Indian leaders at UN climate conference

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett will meet with a list of world leaders next week at the United Nations’ COP26 Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, his office announced Thursday night.

He will hold meetings with Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The meetings will be Bennett’s first with leaders as prime minister.

Bennett will also meet with Bahrain Prime Minister and Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández and UN Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg .

Bennett is not planning to meet with US President Joe Biden at this time. His office told The Times of Israel that a meeting with the American leader was not requested.

Bennett will take off from Ben Gurion Airport at 4:50 pm Sunday and land in Scotland six hours later. The next day, he will address the conference and present his government’s approach to climate change.

He will also participate in the opening ceremony of the conference, as well as the reception hosted by British Crown Prince Charles.

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Boris Johnson (left) greet guests at a reception for the Global Investment Summit at Windsor Castle, Windsor, England, on October 19, 2021 (AP Photo / Alastair Grant, Pool).

Bennett was invited to attend by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson when the two spoke in July, shortly after the formation of the current Israeli government.

Israel will be represented at the talks by a delegation of 120 from the Knesset, government ministries, civil society, academia, the business sector and local government. The summit runs from October 31 to November 12.

The delegation will include the ministers of energy and environmental protection.

The commercial section of the delegation will be led by Nitzan Moshe of Israel Chemicals Ltd.

Last Wednesday, President Isaac Herzog announced the establishment of the Israel Climate Forum, which will operate under the auspices of the Office of the President and will be spearheaded by veteran environmental activist and former Hadash MP Dov Khenin in cooperation with Haim v ‘ Sviva (“Life and Environment”), the umbrella organization for Israeli environmental groups.

The Minister of the Environment, Tamar Zandberg (right), and the Minister of Energy, Karin Elharrar (lleft). (Flash90)

Two days earlier, the Minister of Environmental Protection, Tamar Zandberg, and the Minister of Energy, Karine Elharrar, presented a national implementation plan to deal with the climate crisis, drawn up by 14 ministries.

Zandberg has vowed to make passing a climate bill his first priority when he returns from Scotland. The bill was drafted in April, but has been delayed due to objections from the energy ministry and the finance ministry.

Bennett’s trip will take place when the government reaches the final leg to pass the state budget before the November 14 deadline.

Failure to approve the funds for 2021-2022 by that date would automatically dissolve parliament and trigger elections. The budget includes, for the first time, a special endowment to fight against climate change.

The 26th UN Conference of the Parties on Climate Change, known as COP26, will see governments try to make more commitments to limit global warming to a maximum of 1.5 degrees Celsius (34.7 degrees Fahrenheit). as set out in the 2015 Paris edition. climate agreement.

Sue Surkes contributed to this report.

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