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Climate change: UK Government takes important step, says Christian Aid

27 September 2015 - Christian Aid welcomes the UK government’s announcement that it has increased its climate finance commitment ahead of the UN talks in Paris this December.

Christian Aid’s Chief Executive Loretta Minghella said: 'We know that without tackling climate change, poverty will be permanent.

'The UK's pledge of greater climate finance will play a transformational role in giving people the climate stability they need to lift themselves out of poverty.

'The UK's substantial, multi-year commitment of funds will also help build trust with developing countries in the run up to the climate talks in Paris - trust that has been lacking in previous negotiations.'

Ms Minghella added: 'Not only will this new pledge unlock international co-operation, it will also make a tangible difference to women, men and children in developing countries.
'This kind of finance is a win-win: it has the potential to bring clean, renewable energy to some of the poorest people in the world and also reduce global carbon emissions.

'We hope that other countries will follow suit over the coming weeks, ahead of the Paris Summit. At those talks, world leaders should also agree on global revenue-raising mechanisms to deliver the new, additional and predictable climate finance that we know will be necessary in the years to come.'


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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

4. Follow Christian Aid's newswire on Twitter: http://twitter.com/caid_newswire

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


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