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Christian Aid Welcomes Cabinet Appointments on Climate Change and Development

May 11 2015 - Christian Aid has welcomed the appointment of Amber Rudd as the new Secretary of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change, and the return of Justine Greening to lead DFID.

Welcoming Amber Rudd as DECC Minister, Christian Aid’s Head of Advocacy, Laura Taylor, said: “Amber Rudd could not come to this role at a better time, with momentum building across the world for a new climate deal in Paris which will be finalised this year.

“Ms Rudd has a chance to reclaim climate change as a core Conservative agenda and champion this issue around the Cabinet table, because no one department or Minister can solve it alone.

“The priorities for her department were laid out before the election by David Cameron: to maintain the cross party consensus, seek an ambitious climate deal in Paris, agree carbon budgets in accordance with the Climate Change Act, and end the use of unabated coal for power generation. Christian Aid will support her in achieving these.

“On June 17 thousands of people will gather outside Westminster as part of a mass lobby to urge MPs to make tackling climate change a focus of this Parliament.  I look forward to seeing Ms Rudd reflect this public support by making the UK a global leader in promoting solutions to the climate problem.”

Ms Taylor also welcomed the return of Justine Greening as DfID Secretary.  She said: “Justine Greening has overseen the historic legislation to enshrine in law the UK’s commitment on aid spending, and the Conservative manifesto has laid out a vision of greater changes to tackle the root causes of poverty. With major summits on financing and sustainable development coming up soon, there is an unprecedented opportunity to address the structural causes of global poverty, gender inequality and climate change.”

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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.

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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