Mark Drakeford: Wales 'can only succeed' in tackling climate change with help from other governments

Ahead of the global climate conference COP26 in Glasgow in a few weeks' time, the First Minister told ITV News that "every single one of us has a part to play" in helping to tackle climate change.

Mark Drakeford also said that Wales "can only succeed" in dealing with this issue with the help of other governments.

On a visit to the Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth ahead of COP26, the First Minister said: "Climate change is something that no government can do on its own, it's a genuinely global problem.

The First Minister will be attending the climate change conference in Glasgow.

"When we publish our plan, it has to sit alongside the plans that are being made in other parts of the UK.

"I was able to meet the Prime Minister earlier this week with the First Minister of Scotland and Northern Ireland and I made that point there - we want to play our part to the full in Wales, but our efforts will only succeed if they're matched by the efforts of others.

"This is above and beyond all other issues, something that we can only succeed on if we work on it together."

The COP27 climate conference - what you need to know

What is COP27? When and where will it be?

Each year, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meets at what is called the Conference of the Parties (abbreviated as COP) to discuss the world's progress on climate change and how to tackle it.

COP27 is the 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties summit which will be held in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt from November 6-18.

Who is going?

Leaders of the 197 countries that signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) - a treaty that came into force in 1994 - are invited to the summit.

These are some of the world leaders that will be attending COP27:

  • UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is attending the conference, after initially saying he wouldn't as he was too busy focusing on the economy within his first weeks in office.

  • US President Joe Biden and his experienced climate envoy, John Kerry, will appear at the talks.

  • France President Emmanuel Macron will also be among the heads of state from around the world staying in Egypt.

King Charles III will not be attending COP27, despite being a staunch advocate for the environment. The decision was made jointly by Buckingham Palace and former prime minister Liz Truss.

Elsewhere, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping will not attend the talks just as they decided to do for COP26.

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What is it hoping to achieve?

1. Ensure full implementation of the Paris Agreement and putting negotiations into concrete actions - included within this is the target of limiting global warming to well below 2C.

2. Cementing progress on the critical workstreams of mitigation, adaptation, finance and loss and damage, while stepping up finance notably to tackle the impacts of climate change.

3. Enhancing the delivery of the principles of transparency and accountability throughout the UN Climate Change process.

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The First Minister continued: "Wales will publish next week our plan for Net Zero by 2050. It'll be an ambitious plan, we'll only be able to do it if everybody is committed to that journey.

"So part of what the conference is about is about committing people to the difficult decisions that will have to be made and then communicating that to everyone who lives here in Wales, that every single one of us has a part to play."