Friday, November 21, 2014

Obama Pledge Gets Dollars Flowing into Climate Fund

Buckets of polluting charcoal for sale in a slum area of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. (Credit: Thomas Stellmach via Flickr) Click to Enlarge.
It’s been quite a week for those waiting for some action on climate change.

After US President Obama and China’s President Xi Jinping announced radical plans to cut back on greenhouse gas emissions, Obama then called on nations at the G20 summit in Brisbane, Australia, to agree to a new deal on climate.

And when he backed that up by pledging US$3 billion to the Green Climate Fund (GCF), set up in 2010 to promote low emissions and climate-resilient projects in the developing world, other countries quickly reached for their cheque books.

Paying their dues
Japan says it will be giving $1.5 billion to the GCF.  Britain indicated it will be pledging a similar amount.  France and Germany have already announced they will be giving the $1 billion each.  Sweden is pledging more than $500 million.  And other countries in the developed world are lining up to pay their dues.

The GCF, which operates under the auspices of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, held a special High-Level Pledging Conference in Berlin Thursday.

“This week’s announcements will be a legacy of US President Obama,” said Hela Cheikhrouhou, GCF’s executive director.  “It will be seen by generations to come as the game‐changing moment that started a scaling‐up of global action on climate change.”

Obama said money paid into the GCF would help developing countries leapfrog some of the dirty industries that fuelled growth in the industrialised world, and will allow them to build clean-energy economies.

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