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OKIsItJustMe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:10 AM
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Oxfam: Rich countries must not raid aid to pay climate debt
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Rich countries must not raid aid to pay climate debt

16 September 2009

A new Oxfam report has today warned that at least 4.5 million children could die unless world leaders deliver additional funds to help poor countries fight the growing impact of climate change, rather than diverting it from existing aid promises.

The warning comes as world leaders prepare to join President Obama at his first United Nations address on climate change, at next weeks Climate Summit in New York on 22nd September. The meeting will be followed by the G20 Summit on the 24th September, where climate finance will be high on the agenda. With only Denmark, the Netherlands and the UK in support of additional funds, Oxfam is concerned that Decembers climate negotiations in Copenhagen could fail, unless action is taken now by Heads of State.

The report, 'Beyond Aid,' also warns that at least 75 million fewer children are likely to attend school and 8.6 million fewer people could have access to HIV/AIDS treatment if aid is diverted to help poor countries tackle climate change. Without at least $50 billion a year in addition to the 0.7 per cent of national income rich countries have already pledged as aid, recent progress toward the Millennium Development Goals could stall and then go into reverse.

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ProgressiveProfessor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 10:21 AM
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1. There is only so much available, so it may be one or the other.
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Nihil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 05:34 AM
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2. Sad but true.
Still, I'm sure someone will be along shortly to deny it
and everyone can go back to sleep happy again in their
dreamworld of infinite resources for infinite growth.
:shrug:
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