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EU climate contribution: a good first step but risky strategy says Christian Aid

6 March 2015 - Today the EU’s Environment Council confirmed its official submission to the UN on its contribution to the global climate deal to be signed in Paris this December.

Christian Aid’s Senior Political Advisor, Tom Viita, said: “The EU is submitting its contribution for climate action ahead of schedule, which is a positive step. However this is only their opening gambit and the EU will need to play its cards well if it is going to help secure an ambitious deal in Paris.  Today’s announcement makes no mention of climate finance or adaptation support for vulnerable countries. 

“The EU will need to offer concrete proposals on these issues and leaving it until the last minute in Paris is a high stakes gamble with a global deal on the line.

“The EU has in the past been a leader in these negotiations and if it wants to reforge its alliance with the poorest and most vulnerable countries it needs to offer more than just cuts to emissions. The European Council needs to focus on finance and adaptation well before Paris.”

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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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