SOURCE: ActionAid International

December 15, 2007 11:25 ET

Rich Countries Must Address Climate Change Adaptation Needs After Bali, Says ActionAid

NUSA DUA, INDONESIA--(Marketwire - December 15, 2007) - United Nations climate change talks reached a compromise today, setting the stage for negotiations that may markedly reduce global greenhouse emissions. Moving forward, the anti-poverty organization, ActionAid, calls on leaders of the world's richest nations to make expedited decisions, which also meet the growing adaptation needs of poor and vulnerable populations.

"A future deal must recognize the particular vulnerability of poor women to the impact of climate change and take effective action to address their needs," said Colm O'Cuanachain, ActionAid team leader in Bali.

ActionAid said new, additional and sustainable finance must be provided by rich countries to close the multi-billion dollar gap between what is needed and what is currently available to fund adaptation to climate change.

"None of this will happen unless rich countries agree to take on deeper emission reductions which will set off the process to fund adaptation and mitigation in poor countries," O'Cuanachain added.

ActionAid is an international anti-poverty agency working in over 40 countries, taking sides with poor people to end poverty and injustice together. For more information, visit www.actionaid.org

Contact Information

  • Contacts:

    Shafqat Munir
    ActionAid International Media Coordinator, in Bali
    +62-81-338918096 and +92-300-5003959
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    Colm O'Cuanachain
    ActionAid International Head of Campaigns, in Bali
    +62-81-338918094 and +353868354189
    Email: Email Contact

    Sandy Krawitz
    Communications Director, ActionAid USA, in Washington, DC
    +1-202-492-7207 (mobile)
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