Aid budget cuts will worsen the climate crisis | Letter

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Environmental organisations urge the UK government to use its G7 and Cop26 presidencies in 2021 to lead a sustainable and resilient recovery The world’s poorest countries are at the frontline of a climate crisis they did not cause, and the pandemic has made the hardship and inequality they face even worse. Going back on a fundamental manifesto commitment on UK aid not only fails them, it also risks failing to fulfil the commitments to the Paris agreement on climate action. Cutting the aid budget (UK aid budget facing billions in cuts , 17 November) would undermine a core aim of the UK Cop26 presidency – to increase support to vulnerable countries. It has never been more important that UK aid and climate finance work together to build resilience in the face of climate change and the Covid-19 crisis. Alok Sharma, the Cop26 president designate, has stated that “there is much further to go ” in raising finance to meet the $100bn-a-year climate finance commitment to developing countries. ▶ Full story on
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