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Christian Aid welcomes U.S. Kerry climate speech as ‘repentant sinner’

11 December 2014 - Christian Aid today welcomed the speech given by United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, at the UN climate summit in Lima, Peru.

Aid’s Senior Climate Change Advisor, Mohamed Adow said: "As a Kenyan who has seen climate change first-hand it is wonderful to see the American Secretary of State speak passionately about the need for ambitious action to tackle this global problem.

“Mr Kerry is absolutely right when he says that the US has been a major part of creating the mess we're in.  But the good thing is he recognises that America is now part of the solution and is shifting us onto the right climate path. I'm happy to welcome the United States, like a repentant sinner, back onto the side of those calling for urgent, life-saving action, to create a better world.

"Mr Kerry pointed out this isn't an option between bad and worse. It's a question of choosing life or death, suffering or prosperity. Hopefully negotiators, including his US colleagues who have been stalling progress on the issues of adaptation and finance, here heed his words."


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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