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Christian Aid condemns absence of UK minister from crucial climate talks

8 December 2014 - Christian Aid has today urged the Government to reconsider the absence of climate change minister Amber Rudd from the UN climate summit in Lima, Peru.

Instead of attending the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change talks which are entering a crucial second week, Ms Rudd is remaining in London for a Westminster vote.

Christian Aid’s Principle Climate Change Advisor, Dr Alison Doig said “We are dismayed that the Climate Minister will not be part of these key negotiations in Lima. These talks are supposed to lay the groundwork for a global climate deal.

“With just one year left before that deal is supposed to be signed and sealed, and just one year since devastating floods hit the UK, action on climate change should be at the top of the Government’s agenda. Withdrawing the Minister from these negotiations at such a late stage suggests that it is not taking these negotiations seriously enough.”


Christian Aid’s Senior Climate Change Advisor Mohamed Adow will be in Lima for the duration of the summit. He can be contacted for interviews on madow@christian-aid.org.

For more information contact Joe Ware at jware@christian-aid.org. The 24 hour Christian Aid press duty phone is 07850 242950.

Notes to editors:

1. Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in around 50 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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