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EU finance ministers betray the poor on climate change

Christian Aid is alarmed to hear that the European finance ministers’ meeting to discuss climate finance today in Luxembourg has broken up without agreement.  

Eliot Whittington, senior climate justice adviser, says: ‘Money is crucial. If the European Union can’t agree a finance package, then they condemn the Copenhagen conference to failure. They need to offer at least 35 billion Euros a year as their fair share of a global deal. 

‘There is only one week of formal negotiations left before Copenhagen. Brinksmanship of this nature is a betrayal of millions of poor people in developing countries who are already suffering the severe effects of climate change.’

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Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in nearly 50 countries. We act where the need is greatest, regardless of religion, helping people build the life they deserve.

Climate change is already depriving poor people in many developing countries of their livelihoods.  Christian Aid believes that it must urgently be tackled, in order to help achieve a world free of poverty.  Our new drive, Poverty Over, explains what we believe needs to be done – and can be done – to end global poverty.  Details at www.christianaid.org.uk  

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