UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, appointed Alok Sharma, the former Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), to be the full-time President of the COP26 climate conference, which the UK is hosting in November 2021 in Glasgow.
Sharma was already the President of the COP26 but was delivering on this role alongside his BEIS role, which many felt was unsustainable in the long-term. Johnson has appointed Kwasi Kwarteng as the new Secretary of State for BEIS on January 8, 2021.
Johnson also announced the appointment of Fiona Bruce, Conservative Member of Parliament for Congleton, as his Special Envoy for Freedom and Religion or Belief. Bruce will work with UK faith actors and civil society to implement the Bishop of Turo’s recommendations for the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) to do more to support persecuted Christians around the world. She will work closely with Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, who is responsible for Human Rights at the FCDO.