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Celebs call for more women on UK's male-dominated UN climate summit team

(Reuters, 10 Dec 2020) Emma Watson and Ellie Goulding join climate experts in calls for British PM Boris Johnson to include more women in COP26 summit leadership team.

Actor Emma Watson and singer Ellie Goulding joined about 450 female politicians, academics and activists on Thursday to demand equal representation for women on Britain's male dominated team hosting next year's U.N. climate summit.

In a letter to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, they warned that the lack of women in COP26 leadership positions would undermine the summit's credibility and success.

There was outcry in September when British media reported that the government had appointed an all-male team to host COP26. Johnson has since appointed former aid minister Anne-Marie Treveylan to one of the top four positions.

"It is incomprehensible that half the planet is not represented in the senior leadership team ... when it is widely acknowledged that the role of women is critical in tackling the climate and ecological emergency," the letter said.

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Reuters, 10 Dec 2020: Celebs call for more women on UK's male-dominated UN climate summit team