Everything we know so far about King Charles’ COP27 reception

glasgow, scotland   november 02 prince charles, prince of wales speaks during an action on forests and land use event on day three of cop26 at the secc on november 02, 2021 in glasgow, scotland 2021 sees the 26th united nations climate change conference the conference will run from 31 october for two weeks, finishing on 12 november it was meant to take place in 2020 but was delayed due to the covid 19 pandemic photo by chris jackson   wpa poolgetty images
King Charles to host COP27 reception at PalaceChris Jackson - Getty Images

King Charles III will host a pre-conference reception at Buckingham Palace for key COP27 figures on Friday 4th November 2022, it has been announced.

Uniting around 200 countries, COP (Conference of the Parties) is the United Nations conference on climate change that takes place every year. It sees world leaders and heads of state present their plans to reduce carbon emissions, with discussions this year including attempts to address loss and damage.

COP27 was originally expected to take place last year, but was rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, it will run from Sunday 6th November — Friday 18th November in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. King Charles will not be attending the summit in Egypt.

Keep reading for everything you need to know about King Charles' COP27 reception, including guests and event details:

Who will attend King Charles' COP27 reception?

Bringing together over 200 international business leaders and decision makers, King Charles' reception at Buckingham Palace will mark the beginning of the annual climate-related conference in Egypt.

According to the Sky News, guests so far include Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, COP26 President Alok Sharma, and John Kerry — the US' presidential envoy for climate.

paris, france   december 01  prince charles, prince of wales, gives the opening address at the first high level session of the lima paris action agenda on forests at the united nations climate summit on december 1, 2015 in paris, france prince charles yesterday addressed the opening session of the summit where political leaders from 147 countries met throughout the day the summit will also see negotiators from 195 countries try to finalise a new climate treaty over the next two weeks  photo by carl courtgetty images
The then-Prince Charles at the United Nations Climate Summit on December 1, 2015 Carl Court - Getty Images

The King will not be attending the conference in Egypt on the advice of the government, but will instead show his environmental support from the UK. Reports from The Telegraph said that Downing Street confirmed it was a "unanimous" decision between the Government and Buckingham Palace that it "would not be the right occasion for the King to visit in person". Rishi Sunak will also not be attending the summit in Egypt.

Former energy secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg said Rishi was right not to go, saying: "The cost of living won't be solved in Sharm el-Sheikh where each hotel room for the conference is £2,000 a night."

glasgow, scotland   november 02 prince charles, prince of wales speaks during an action on forests and land use event on day three of cop26 at the secc on november 02, 2021 in glasgow, scotland 2021 sees the 26th united nations climate change conference the conference will run from 31 october for two weeks, finishing on 12 november it was meant to take place in 2020 but was delayed due to the covid 19 pandemic photo by chris jackson   wpa poolgetty images
Chris Jackson - Getty Images

What will happen at the COP27 reception?

The reception has been organised to facilitate discussion of climate change, sustainable growth, and progress made since COP26 in Glasgow. The King is not likely to give a speech at the COP27 reception, however his Sustainable Markets Initiative will feature.

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