FIRST minister Mark Drakeford has said he “has to believe” that the UK Government is listening to his government in the fight against climate change. 

Speaking to the PA news agency at COP26 climate summitt in Glasgow Mr Drakeford said: “You have to be optimistic about that, don’t you? 

“You have to believe that in a shared endeavour we are all willing to listen carefully to what other people are doing and saying. 

“We have published our own net zero plan to 2050, we will want to align that with the UK Government’s actions and then we will of course look to others to make sure they are playing their part, understanding the different local contexts, understanding that we will all need to fine tune the actions we take to suit the bits of the United Kingdom we represent but then prepared to do the things that put those pieces of the jigsaw together.” 

The Welsh Labour leader was speaking after the UK’s devolved nations and Prime Minister Boris Johnson hosted a breakfast summit with world leaders. 

The PA news agency understands the UK prime minister made a brief appearance at the breakfast and addressed those present. 

The meeting was attended by around 40 leaders, including Barbadian prime minister Mia Mottley – whose speech in the conference’s opening ceremony drew praise – and Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti. 


Scotland's first minister, Nicola Sturgeon said Glasgow's industrial past confers a “particular responsibility to help lead the world into the net-zero age”. 

Speaking after the breakfast, Mr Drakeford told the PA news agency: “I thought the breakfast was a very good event, it did what we hoped it would do, it brought all the leaders of the four nations of the United Kingdom together on a single stage, gave us all an opportunity to re-emphasise the fact that, while we discharge our own responsibilities, we understand that unless you link those with the responsibilities other people have, you’ll never have the impact you want to have. 

“We were able to do that in front of about 40 leaders from other parts of the world, so we can make that global connection as well.” 

Yesterday the Welsh Government announced it would no longer support a new bypass, citing climate change, leading to accusations it was doing so as gesture while the first minister attends COP26.

Also at the summit Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has pledged 2 billion dollars (£1.47 billion) for land restoration in Africa. 

The billionaire said his flight to space in July had changed his view of the world. 

He said: “I was told that seeing the Earth from space changes the lens from which you view the world. 

“But I was not prepared for just how much that would be true. 

“Looking back at Earth from up there, the atmosphere seems so thin, the world so finite and so fragile. 

“Now, in this critical year and what we all know is the decisive decade, we must all stand together to protect our world.” 

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