• Wednesday, Dec 07, 2022
  • Last Update : 10:24 am

France, Germany take up the mantle for climate action

  • Published at 05:20 pm November 17th, 2017
France, Germany take up the mantle for climate action
French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday pledged to fill the hole left in the finances of the United Nations climate research body by US President Donald Trump’s withdrawal of his country’s financial support. The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was on the brink of a funding crisis after President Trump said he would end the $2 million US contribution, which accounted for 45% of the organization’s budget in 2016. However, in his address to the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23) in Bonn, Germany, Macron said France would step forward to make up the shortfall. “We need scientific information which is constantly nourished to ensure clear decision making. The IPCC is one of the major components of this work,” the French president said. “However, it is threatened today by the decision of the US not to guarantee funding for it. Therefore, I propose that the EU replaces the US, and France will meet that challenge.” Germany has already pledged an extra €50 million to the Adaptation Fund this year. The country’s environment minister, Barbara Hendricks, had used her speech at the inaugural ceremony of the climate summit on November 6 to urge the international community to focus more on vulnerable countries. Harjeet Singh, the global lead on climate change for ActionAid International, welcomed the leadership shown by the European powers. “Germany’s announcement of contribution for adaptation is extremely welcome,” he said. “Macron’s speech recognized the mounting climate challenge and impacts, but his words now need to be followed by clear commitments. Harjeet said vulnerable countries need more than “ad-hoc handouts”. “They need a fair and robust system that can allow them to prepare for climate impacts and help victims. Unfortunately, climate change is going to be a long-term problem, and we need serious solutions that provide lasting help," he said.
Facebook 50
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail