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G-20 Urged Strong & Effective Action on Climate Change
Dec 03, 2014

The world's most powerful economies urged strong and effective action on climate change, catapulting the issue up the G-20 agenda in a new boost for campaigners after a surprising Sino-US breakthrough. The grouping, which includes the world's worst greenhouse gas polluters—the United States and China, also threw its support behind a United Nations fund aimed at helping poorer countries deal with the problem.

The G20 talks follow the breakthrough between China and the United States on curbing carbon emissions last week, and calls from US President Barack Obama and European leaders demanding action at the G-20 on climate.

In their declaration, G-20 leaders said they aimed to support sustainable development, economic growth, and certainty for business and investment and would press for a post-Kyoto deal in the French capital in December next year.  The declaration also called on members to communicate their national contributions well in advance of this meeting, preferably by the first quarter of 2015 if possible.

Japan confirmed plans to give up to $1.5 billion to the UN-backed Green Climate Fund, joining a US pledge of $3 billion to mitigate the impact of global warming on poorer nations.

The GCF is designed as a way for wealthy countries to help poorer ones to become greener and to bolster their defences against the effects of climate change. France and Germany have already pledged to contribute $1 billion each to the UN's new climate framework while world leaders have spoken repeatedly of climate change.

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