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Embargoed for 00:01 8 May 2019

Christian Aid responds to International Development Committee report on climate change


Christian Aid has welcomed the report by the International Development Committee on UK aid and climate change, which calls for the Government to overhaul its current strategy to better tackle the global climate emergency.  

Dr Alison Doig, Head of Global Policy at Christian Aid said: “Climate change is not just one issue on a list that UK aid needs to tackle, it cuts across everything.  If not addressed, it threatens to unpick many of our recent international development gains. Any modern aid policy worth its salt needs to put tackling climate change at its heart.

“Christian Aid welcomes the committee’s recognition that the scandals of climate change and of poverty across the global south must be eradicated together and that all UK development spending and investment, including export credits, must be explicitly targeted at this dual goal."

She added: “We need a dedicated climate fund, which can deliver transformative actions to both protect vulnerable communities from the impacts of climate change and to make the big shift out of fossil fuels. But we need all overseas spend to work together to this goal, including influencing the World Bank and multilateral banks to do the same.

“Recognition of the urgent need to address loss and damage from climate impacts is extremely welcome, responding to the plight of those who have lost everything to climate change.

“DFID and the UK government must now respond to this report with the urgency and action that the world’s most vulnerable people deserve.”

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