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Bonn climate talks: time to show UN process can work

4 September 2015 - As talks to deliver a global climate deal at the end of the year closed in Bonn, Germany, today Christian Aid welcomed the progress made but warned leaders time was running out.

Christian Aid’s Senior Climate Advisor, Mohamed Adow, said: “It’s been good to see the increasing understanding amongst nations regarding the importance of adaptation and loss and damage. 

"Against the background of recording breaking temperatures and extreme weather events helping the poor adapt and recover is vital to any global deal.

“But progress in Bonn has been painstakingly slow and to get a deal worth the effort then they must speed up the process between now and the next session in October.

"Making use of the ministerial meetings in Paris next week and in September will be critical in working out the crunch issues of the needed climate finance and adopting a system for increasing action beyond Paris.

“Now is the time for countries to reach out to each other in a spirit of compromise to resolve these issues and move towards a successful Paris agreement.”


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Notes to editors:

1. Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in around 40 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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