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UK: IDC launches climate change inquiry ahead of COP26

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Source: Government of the United Kingdom The International Development Committee has today launched an inquiry examining, ahead of COP26 in November, the progress the Government has made putting climate change at the centre of aid policy. Developing countries are disproportionately affected by the impact of climate change, and less able to respond. For example, many lower-income countries are highly indebted and rely more heavily on climate sensitive sectors such as agriculture, forestry and tourism. The World Bank has suggested that Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia are among the regions most vulnerable to climate change. These concerns were echoed in the predecessor Committee s report UK aid for combating climate change, which stressed that climate change is the single biggest threat to stability and wellbeing in some of world s most vulnerable nations. The report called on the Government to realign the focus of aid policy, strategy and funding to place climate change at the centre. The Committee warned that failure to do so could be so severe as to nullify the effectiveness of wider aid spending. International Development Committee Chair, Sarah Champion MP said: Developing countries disproportionately feel the effects of climate change: the WHO expects from 2030, climate change could contribute to 250,000 additional deaths a year, from malnutrition, malaria and heat stress. Richer countries have an obligation to support developing nations adapt to a warmer climate and mitigate the risks. To make COP26 a success, the Government will need the support of more than 130 lower and middle income countries. Our inquiry is intended to see what the UK Government has done to date to ensure climate justice is intwined in its development strategy, and what more can be done ahead of COP26. The IDC s short inquiry will aim to conclude by the COP26 climate summit in November. Terms of reference The Committee is inviting written evidence on the following issues by 10 May: The extent to which the Government has made progress on implementing the Committee s recommendations, particularly those on climate finance, climate justice, the use of ODA to support fossil fuels and making climate change a strategic priority in all aid sp Any gaps that remain between what the Government has done and what it committed to do; The extent to which the Government s work to date on climate change and development has taken the sustainable development goals and the needs of low-to-middle income countries and vulnerable groups into a The potential of COP26 to address these remaining challenges effectively and the steps the Government needs to take if COP26 is to succeed in tackling them. Notes to editors: The predecessor Committee s report on climate change, UK aid for combating climate change, was published on 8 May 2018. Recommendations included: The Government should realign the focus of aid policy, strategy and funding to place climate change at the The UK s commitment of spending 1.76 billion on climate finance, dedicated aid spending for climate change related activities, should become the annual minimum. UK aid for fossil fuel projects should end, unless it demonstrably supports transition towards zero global emissions by 2050. Climate finance should be viewed as the cutting edge of a comprehensive strategy that is outcome-oriented, time-sensitive and based on the latest climate science. International Climate Finance should be used to finance programmes and strategies that take a long-term approach, addressing mitigation and adaptation, with poverty reduction as the key goal. All aid should target reaching net zero emissions, support climate resilience and place climate change as a key consideration in all spending decisions. The UK should support efforts to pursue net zero emissions by 2050. FURTHER INFORMATION Committee membership is as follows: Sarah Champion MP, Chair (Lab, Rotherham), Richard Bacon MP (Con, South Norfolk), Brendan Clarke-Smith MP (Con, Bassetlaw), Theo Clarke MP (Con, Stafford), Pauline Latham OBE MP (Con, Mid Derbyshire), Chris Law MP (SNP, Dundee West), Ian Liddell-Grainger MP (Con, Bridgwater and West Somerset), Navendu Mishra MP (Lab, Stockport), Kate Osamor MP (Lab, Edmonton), Dr Dan Poulter MP (Con, Central Suffolk and North Ipswich), Mr Virendra Sharma MP (Lab, Ealing, Southall). Specific Committee Information: indcom@parliament.uk 020 7219 1223 Media information from Chloe Jago: jagoc@parliament.uk / 020 7219 1034 and 07710 064583 Committee Website: www.parliament.uk/indcom Follow us on Twitter @commonsIDC Tweeting on #DFIDScrutiny Committee news and reports, Bills, Library research material and much more can be found at www.parliament.uk. All proceedings can be viewed live and on-demand at www.parliamentlive.uk.


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