Greg Barker handed new role as UK envoy on climate change

Former climate change minister Barker will join prime minister David Cameron in New York

Greg Barker was the UK's climate change minister until a reshuffle in July (Source: DECC)

Greg Barker was the UK’s climate change minister until a reshuffle in July
(Source: DECC)

By Megan Darby

Greg Barker will join prime minister David Cameron in the UK delegation to New York next week, he revealed on Thursday.

Cameron has appointed the former minister as his envoy on climate change, days ahead of the summit called by UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon.

Barker plans to fly out early to take part in the People’s Climate March on Sunday.

The main event is on Tuesday, when world leaders are to pledge climate actions.

The UN says more than 125 heads of state have confirmed their attendance.

These include US president Barack Obama but not China’s Xi Jinping or India’s Narendra Modi.

China is sending vice premier Zhang Gaoli and India is expected to be represented by environment minister Prakash Javadekar.

Around the summit, business and civil society groups are hosting a wide range of events, with several reports being launched.

UK international development minister Justine Greening and energy minister Amber Rudd are named to attend sessions on forests and carbon markets respectively.

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