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De Brún stresses need for Developing Countries aid with climate change measures

10 October, 2008

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún at the European Parliament's Temporary Committee on Climate Change has welcomed the vote by the Parliament's Environment Committee to enhance the financial aid to developing countries in order to help them adapt to the impact of climate change.

Speaking at the European Parliament's Temporary Committee on Climate Change Ms de Brún said:

"It is undeniable that the consequences of climate change are most often felt hardest in the developing world, and that these are the places that contribute least to the problem.

"For that reason I am particularly pleased that the European Parliament Environment Committee voted that all auctioning revenues should go to climate measures, with 50% going to the EU and 50% to developing countries.

"This should help provide certainty regarding aid to assist developing countries in adapting to the impacts of climate change. Sinn Féin will continue to argue that this assistance should be consistent, long term and additional to other aid already pledged. There needs to be a concerted, comprehensive and dedicated approach to dealing with climate change and aiding developing nations to deal with this pressing issue and this decision will go some way to addressing that."

Speaking after the meeting, where she stressed the importance of aid to developing countries to deal with the impact of climate change, Ms de Brún said:

"After I raised the need for the Copenhagen deal to include adequate financial aid to developing countries with Minister for Climate and Energy in Denmark, Ms Connie Hedegaard, she replied: "Only a handful of countries have lived up to the pledge to give 0.7 per cent of GDP to overseas aid. Developing countries need to know we are now coming with something additional." CRÍOCH

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