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Start made in getting money to developing countries in Poznan - de Brún

13 December, 2008 - by Martina Anderson MEP

GUE/NGL MEPs Bairbre de Brún (Ireland) and Roberto Musacchio (Italy), speaking from the UN Climate Change Conference in Poznan, have said that the agreement reached on the Adaptation Fund will allow much-needed funds to get to the most vulnerable developing countries to help them adapt to the adverse effects of climate change.

Speaking from Poznan, where 11,000 delegates from some 190 countries have met, Sinn Féin MEP Ms de Brún said:

"All countries agreed to make the Adaptation Fund operational which means that some $60 million could be available in the coming months to help poorer vulnerable nations cope with the impact of climate change and help secure the survival of some of the least developed countries and small island states. This figure could grow to $300m by 2012."

There was also agreement at the conference regarding reducing emissions from deforestation (REDD) and promoting participation by indigenous peoples, although some countries, including Denmark made clear that they want strengthen this to have a specific reference to the rights and not just the participation of indigenous peoples. "It is necessary to insert into REDD the UN declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples," said Roberto Musacchio. "I am committed to working towards this goal in the European Parliament," he added.

Although both MEPs agreed that good work was done at the climate talks in Poznan, much more needs to happen in the coming months if a final agreement is to be reached in Copenhagen in December 2009. They also agreed that the richer countries could have shown more ambition at these talks and that they need to do so in the time ahead.

"The EU and US must show the leadership needed. They need to step up the pace of discussions and engage actively in negotiations with the proposals brought forward by developing countries, showing they are willing to pay the fair share of the costs of tackling climate change. They must also ensure that climate change is at the heart of the rescue packages they put in place to tackle the global financial crisis," they said

Delegates at this week's conference set out a demanding work programme for the coming year and this may be further extended to include another high-level set of talks in October in order to make sure that a replacement for the Kyoto Protocol is in place by the time the present protocol ends." ENDS

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