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Christian Aid responds to Ed Davey comments at Lima climate summit

9 December 2014 - Christian Aid today welcomed comments made today at the UN climate summit in Lima by the UK’s Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Ed Davey, but urged him to make sure he left Peru with more than just an emissions focused agreement.

Responding to his comments, Christian Aid’s Senior Climate Change Advisor, Mohamed Adow, said: “Ed Davey is right to say that this year has seen the world clearly shifting in the right direction on tackling climate change.  Investors such as the Rockerfeller oil dynasty are turning away from fossil fuels and countries are committing to cut their carbon pollution.

“It is vital that Mr Davey does all he can to keep this momentum going through the talks in Lima and carries with him his colleagues within the EU.  Not just on emissions cuts, but also on helping vulnerable countries adapt to a warming world without which it will be politically difficult to craft and agree an effective global deal in Paris next year.”

Speaking of the specific architecture which will be needed for an effective outcome in Lima Mr Adow added: “So that everyone knows where they stand we need countries to be clear about what their contributions will be, otherwise it’s like putting the cart before the horse.

"Agreement on what commitments the Paris deal will include must precede the commitments countries will be making. Ed Davey is right to demand for common rules countries should abide by on these contributions so we don’t end up comparing apples with oranges.”

Mr Adow also shared Davey’s disappointment that Climate Change Minister Amber Rudd had been kept from attending the summit due to a Commons vote.  He said: “At a time when nations are meeting to hammer out an agreement on tackling climate change it makes sense for the UK’s minister for climate change to be here.”


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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