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UK-hosted summit seeks solutions for ‘searing injustice’ of climate change

UK-hosted summit seeks solutions for 'searing injustice' of climate change

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Britain will highlight how the poorest who have done the least to cause climate change are suffering the worst of its impacts, and urge rich countries to offer more support at an online ministerial summit on Wednesday.

The virtual meeting will bring together governments, development banks and others to work on solutions to the floods, droughts and extreme heat faced by many developing countries, as well as ways to boost energy access, clean air and smart cities.

In a statement, London said the event would be an opportunity for countries on the climate frontline to “help set the international agenda” ahead of the G7 summit in June and the COP26 U.N. climate talks to be held in Glasgow in November.

People in developing nations being hit the hardest by climate change are suffering “a searing injustice”, Alok Sharma, the UK’s president for COP26, is expected to say at the event.

“Developed countries have a particular responsibility to support the response of communities which are most vulnerable to climate change,” he will add in a speech.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is due to tell ministers from about 35 countries, including in Asia, Africa and Latin America, that a lack of finance is creating barriers to meeting the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change.

“Combined with the challenge of recovering from the pandemic, this threatens to set back progress,” he will say.

“We need to consider where international systems can do more to deliver urgent climate action.”

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