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Leeds MP meets world leaders to discuss world leading climate plan

Date: 10.10.21 | in: Environment | Tags:

Leeds MP Alex Sobel has met with His Holiness Pope Francis and US leader of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi as the preparation for the UN Climate Conference ramps up.

With US House of Representatives speaker Nancy Pelosi

In April, Alex Sobel was selected by the British Group Inter- Parliamentary Union (BGIPU) as its COP26 Rapporteur. Working with Alessia Rotta, the Italian appointed Rapporteur, the MP for Leeds North West will lead the engagement of Parliamentarians in meetings in the lead-up to and at the COP26 due to take place this November in Glasgow. The UK and Italy are joint presidents of this year’s conference.

with Nobel Prize winning physicist Giorgio Parisi

Parliament is currently on recess for conference season. Following Labour Party’s conference last week, Alex travelled by train through to Rome where he has met with Parliamentarians across the globe including Nancy Pelosi, US Speaker of the House of Representatives. Today, he has had an audience with Pope Francis and addressed international speakers of Parliaments in a speech.

In his closing remarks in Rome, Alex urged his fellow Parliamentarians to fully engage with the conference described as ‘our last best chance.’ He said, “we need to utilise all the influence in our collective Parliaments not just to reaffirm and set the track for 1.5C but all the effects of a warming planet including disease, habitat and biodiversity loss, climate migration, flooding, wild fires, loss of small island states, falling and failing crop yields and much more which will make our planet uninhabitable.”


The delegation had an Audience with His Holiness Pope Francis

Notes for Editors

BGIPU article from April regarding Alex Sobel’s appointment as Rapporteur:

Alex Sobel is Chair of the Net Zero APPG – link

Alex previously served on the Environmental Audit Committee as Vice-Chair

Alex was a co-sponsor of the Climate and Ecology Emergency Bill, a private members’ bill which received its first reading in September 2020.

Prior to becoming an MP, Alex was the lead for Climate on Leeds City Council and represented the City at European Green Capital 2015 City Leadership Summit and also as Leeds representative at the Paris UN Climate Conference in 2015

Alex won the Greenest MP award in 2019

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