Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Poor World Calls for Climate Finance to Fill Trump Void

US climate finance axe exposes poor communities worldwide, say negotiators and aid experts, putting pressure on other countries to step up.

A young man in drought struck fields in Ethiopia. The horn of Africa has suffered from repeated droughts during the past decade and is one of the most vulnerable regions to climate change (Picture Credit: Kimberly Flowers/USAID) Click to Enlarge.
Other wealthy nations will have to do more to fill the hole in global climate finance left by the US, according to the world’s most vulnerable countries.

At the beginning of June, US president Donald Trump announced he would leave the Paris climate accord and cease funding to overseas climate programmes.

The Ethiopian government, which chairs the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF), a group of 48 nations on the front line of climate change, said the US had left the world’s poorest and most fragile communities exposed.

“As the economy that has made the greatest contribution to planetary warming, this signifies an endangerment of the more than one billion people our Forum represents in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Pacific,” said the statement.

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