The Scottish Parliament's think-tank

COP28: Code Red for parliaments – what next?

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Monday 11 December 2023, 12.30pm to 1.30pm [UK time], online

How are parliaments changing to respond to the climate and biodiversity emergencies? How are they supporting their elected members to deal with the issues, and how they are building in consideration of sustainability across their scrutiny and legislation work?

This event featured a panel of parliamentarians including:

Chaired by Deputy Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, Liam McArthur MSP, this event was livestreamed by GLOBE International and shown within the COP pavilion.


Cedric Frolick MP South Africa

Hon. Cedric Thomas Frolick is a member of the African National Congress on the provincial list for the province of Eastern Cape. He has been a member of Parliament since 1999 and is currently the House Chairperson for Committees. He has previously been a member of several committees including Education, Trade & Industry and Sport & Recreation.

Hon Senator Merlynn Abello-Alfonso is a two-year member from the State of Pohnpei representing Congressional Election District One to the Twenty Third Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia. She is the Chairwoman for the Congressional Special Committee on Climate Change and Environmental Issues with membership on the committees on Health and Social Affairs, and Transportation and Communications.

Rt Hon Philip Dunne was elected MP for Ludlow in Shropshire in 2005. He has been a member of the Environmental Audit Committee since 2018, which he has chaired since January 2020. He previously served as Minister of State for Health (2016-2018) and as Minister for Defence Procurement (2012-2016), having been a Conservative Whip (2008-2012).

Sarah Boyack was elected to the very first Scottish Parliament in 1999 and was a member of the first Scottish Cabinet. She has been a Labour MSP for Lothian (Region) since 2019. She is Labour’s Spokesperson on Constitution, External Affairs and Culture and a member of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Branch Executive.