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Christian Aid praises UK Government for leadership stance on climate

9 September 2014 -Christian Aid has today welcomed the announcement by the UK’s Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Ed Davey, ahead of the crucial climate talks in New York on 23 September.

Christian Aid’s Chief Executive Loretta Minghella said: 'For a long time, too many nations have hidden behind their negotiating blocs, blaming obstructionist countries while they duck their responsibilities to tackle climate change.'

'That is why today’s launch by the UK Government, setting out its stall ahead of the Ban Ki-moon summit of world leaders this month, is so encouraging.

'The time for finger pointing and ignorance is over. Countries are now standing up and being counted and it’s great to hear the UK Government saying it’s ready to do the right thing to secure long-term prosperity.

'The science is settled and the evidence is clear. Climate change is already a reality for many of the poorest people on earth, wreaking havoc and costing lives.  Robust action makes the best economic sense and is urgently required. At last, we’re seeing political will begin to reflect that.

'The government now needs to turn these position statements into reality, treating climate action as a huge opportunity and not just a threat.'

For more information contact Joe Ware on 0207 523 2418 or jware@christian-aid.org. 24 hour press duty phone – 07850 242950.  

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Notes to editors:

1. Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in around 50 countries at any one time. We act where there is great need, regardless of religion, helping people to live a full life, free from poverty. We provide urgent, practical and effective assistance in tackling the root causes of poverty as well as its effects.

2. Christian Aid’s core belief is that the world can and must be changed so that poverty is ended:  this is what we stand for. Everything we do is about ending poverty and injustice: swiftly, effectively, sustainably. Our strategy document Partnership for Change explains how we set about this task.

3. Christian Aid is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of more than 130 churches and church-related organisations that work together in humanitarian assistance, advocacy and development.  Further details at http://actalliance.org

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5. For more information about the work of Christian Aid visit http://www.christianaid.org.uk

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