Labor pledges to bid for global climate change summit

Labor has made an election pledge that Australia will bid to host the United Nations annual global climate change summit if they win at the upcoming federal election.

Conference of the Parties (COP) was last held in Glasgow, with Egypt set to host this year and the United Arab Emirates to host in 2023.

Opposition climate and energy spokesman Chris Bowen said hosting the conference “would also be an unmissable opportunity to sell Australia to the world as a renewable energy superpower”.

COP26 was held in Glasgow.

“Seeking to host COP with those Pacific partners who wish to co-host it with us will be an excellent opportunity to remind the world about the issues at stake and enable our Pacific brothers and sisters to make their case to the world in a most direct way,” he told The Sydney Morning Herald.

But Energy Minister Angus Taylor said hosting the conference would cost to much, with the Glasgow event setting the UK back $170 million.

“The hundreds of millions of dollars they’ll spend on hosting a conference like this would be better spent upgrading hospitals, schools and roads, or funding national security initiatives in the Pacific that actually deliver a tangible benefit to the region,” Taylor told News.