Pope Francis “intends” to pay visit to Glasgow later this year to address world leaders at the COP26 summit on the climate change emergency, according to US President Joe Biden’s special climate envoy John Kerry.
The former Secretary of State revealed the news following a meeting with the pontiff at the Vatican in Rome over the weekend, while reportedly telling his staff that His Holiness would be in Glasgow “on the first day (November 1) with the heads of state”.
In an interview with Vatican Media he said: “Well the Pope is one of the great voices of reason and compelling moral authority on the subject of the climate crisis.
“He’s been ahead of the curve, he’s been a leader. I think that his voice will be a very important leading up to and through the Glasgow conference, which I believe he hopefully intends to attend.
“We need everybody in this fight. We need all the leaders of the world to come together and every country needs to do its part and I think His Holiness speaks with a moral authority that is quite separate, it’s unique, and we need all the power we can bring to the table.”
Last month we reported how MPs labelled the conference a “key moment” in the fight against climate change and called for ambitious targets to be set to ensure it is a success.
A report by the Foreign Affairs Committee (FAC) described it as the most significant UN climate summit since Paris in 2015, when the Paris Agreement was negotiated.
The summit, to be held in Glasgow in November, is expected to bring together the largest gathering of heads of state ever hosted in the UK, alongside climate experts and campaigners, to agree a co-ordinated global action plan to tackle global warming.