Trudeau headed to Southeast Asia, Tunisia, leaving no time for climate conference

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is headed to Southeast Asia and North Africa this month, but he won't be attending a major climate-change conference.

The Prime Minister's Office says Trudeau will attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit on Nov. 12 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, before heading to the the G20 Summit in Bali, Indonesia.

He'll then attend an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, before flying to Tunisia for the Francophonie summit on the island of Djerba.

That leaves no time for Trudeau to attend this year's UN Climate Change Conference, known as COP27, in Egypt.

Such UN conferences only have a leaders meeting every five years, and one isn't scheduled for this year, but U.S. President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak are expected to attend.

Trudeau's visit to the four countries in just nine days will focus on shoring up support for trade and the rules-based international order.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 2, 2022.

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