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Christian Aid welcomes Geneva climate ‘clay’ to be shaped for Paris

13 February 2015 - Christian Aid has welcomed agreement of the document that will form a global climate change deal to be signed in Paris in December.

Although countries made little progress on some of the tough issues which need to be resolved Christian Aid’s Senior Climate Advisor, Mohamed Adow, said that Geneva was a solid start.

He said: “We now have a huge lump of clay and countries must start to sculpt it into something beautiful which we can be proud of in Paris.

“It was important that the document negotiators will be working on contained everything to be discussed in the lead up to Paris. But that has meant there will be lots of work to do at the next meeting in June.

“The tone of the negotiations here have been very optimistic but that’s because we were only putting things in.  The real fights will come when we start to take things out and ‘streamline’ the text.

“The challenge for the next 10 months will be for all nations to move beyond domestic vested interests and resolve the big issues to ensure conflicts are resolved ahead of Paris. It is essential that the climate deal includes ambitious carbon reduction pledges and the vital support the poor countries need to adapt to climate change and develop cleanly.”

Mr Adow added: "It was also extremely welcome to see the issue of human rights taken seriously and included in the text for Paris. Climate change will threaten many people's human rights and so it makes sense to formally recognise their interconnection."

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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.

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