Alok Sharma, the current Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, will take up the role of President of the UN COP26 Climate Conference. He will be replaced in his current role by Kwasi Kwarteng, who was the Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth and his role will be taken over by Anne-Marie Trevelyan.
Sharma said in a statement:
“The biggest challenge of our time is climate change and we need to work together to deliver a cleaner, greener world and build back better for present and future generations. Through the UK’s Presidency of COP26 we have a unique opportunity, working with friends and partners around the world, to deliver on this goal. Given the vital importance of tackling climate change I am delighted to have been asked by the Prime Minister to dedicate all my energies to this urgent task.”
A spokesperson for the Prime Minister confirmed that Sharma would keep his role in Cabinet.