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Bonn climate talks: green light means go

11 June 2015 - Christian Aid has welcomed the mandate expected to be given to the coordinators of the UN climate talks to speed up negotiations on a global climate deal.

As talks closed on Thursday, Christian Aid’s Senior Climate Change Advisor, Mohamed Adow said: “The text which will make up the Paris agreement is like a lens we’re all looking through to a safe and secure world.  At the moment it’s a bit grubby and unclear. The co-chairs of the negotiations on the Paris agreement need to go away and give it a good clean so that leaders can see what needs to be done.

“The crunch issues that ministers need to work on are; ensuring that the Paris deal is funded, that it protects vulnerable communities and it has a mechanism to increase ambition over time.  It is vital that when ministers meet in Paris on July 20 that they resolve these sticking points so that when formal talks resume in August countries will have no excuses.

“The transition to a low carbon world is speeding up.  The G7 have set a vision for a low carbon future, next week the Pope will be publishing his encyclical on the environment and we have the Sustainable Development Goals being agreed in September. Countries can either ride that wave or be washed away by it.

“The co-chairs have been given a green light by these Bonn talks to speed up negotiations. We now need everyone to hit the accelerator.” 

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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 40 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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