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G7 climate progress needs to be felt at Bonn talks

8 June 2015 - Christian Aid has urged nations at the UN climate summit in Bonn to take the positive outcome at the G7 into the negotiating hall for the final week of the talks in Germany.

Responding to the communique which has stated G7 nations will decarbonise their own energy sectors by 2050, Christian Aid’s Senior Climate Change Advisor, Mohamed Adow, said: “As some of the world’s richest countries and longest emitters of greenhouse gasses it is good to see the G7 signalling an end to the era of fossil fuels.

“Angela Merkel has been at the heart of global climate negotiations ever since she presided over the first UN climate summit in Berlin in 1995.  It is good to see this leadership bearing fruit.

“But in order to deliver this positive vision which G7 nations have now set for the world they need to go further and faster with their mitigation contributions.  Setting the target without scaling up their own national commitments will not cut it.

“That is why it is vital that a ratcheting mechanism be included in the Paris agreement to ensure contributions are scaled up over time.

“As the most polluting fossil fuel, we should start by getting rid of coal. The UK Prime Minister has already pledged to phase out unabated coal from the UK energy mix, and other leaders should follow suit.

“The G7 promise to mobilise climate finance also sends an important message. In this final week in Bonn it is essential that progress is made to clear the pathway to the promised climate finance which will help vulnerable countries adapt to a warming world.”

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The Archbishop of Cape Town, and leading Eco Bishop, Thabo Makgoba, is in Bonn for the climate talks with the ACT Alliance. Interview requests arranged on request.

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.

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

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