UK plan to use all-male team to host UN climate summit angers observers

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All senior politicians, civil servants and negotiators to represent Britain at next year’s Cop26 talks are men

The UK is fielding an all-male team to host a vital UN climate summit next year, flouting international norms and angering activists and observers, who say the lack of gender balance imperils progress on key issues.

All of the politicians who will host the Cop26 talks for the UK in Glasgow are men, from the business secretary Alok Sharma, who will act as president of the summit, to his team of climate and energy ministers – Lord Callanan, Lord Goldsmith and Kwasi Kwarteng – who have represented the UK in recent online meetings.

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