Developing countries need cash, Germany, Canada say

This article was written by Petra Sorge and was published in the Toronto Star on September 28, 2022.

Germany and Canada are urging fellow developed nations to fulfil their commitments to help developing countries meet the bill for tackling climate change, German deputy minister for international climate politics Jennifer Lee Morgan said in Berlin.

A common 10-point progress report drawn up in co-operation with Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change Steven Guilbeault will be released at the end of October.

It’s an evaluation of the so-called Delivery Plan, under which developed countries committed more than a decade ago to mobilize $100 billion (U.S.) in public and private funds annually for climate adaptation and renewable energies in less developed countries. As the target was missed in 2020, at COP26 in Glasgow the nations reaffirmed their determination to reach it by 2025.

“It is not acceptable that this $100billion goal is not yet reached,” Morgan said at a World Energy Council conference in Berlin.

Germany will also reach out to the World Bank to make changes to the plan, Morgan said, adding she hoped for a tangible contribution from Australia also.

“We try to make our fair share as Germany and others also have to catch up.”

Berlin has so far committed to deliver $6 billion annually to 2025.

Author: Ray Nakano

Ray is a retired, third generation Japanese Canadian born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario along with his 4 younger sisters. He resides in Toronto where he worked for the Ontario Government for 28 years. Ray currently practises in 2 Buddhist traditions: Jodo Shinshu and that of Thich Nhat Hanh. Ray is passionate about climate action and very concerned about our Climate Crisis. He has been actively involved in the ClimateFast group (https://climatefast.ca) for the past 3 years. He works to bring awareness of our Climate Crisis to others. He has created the myclimatechange.home.blog website, for tracking climate-related news articles, reports, and organizations. He is always looking for opportunities through the work of ClimateFast to reach out to communities, politicians, and governments to communicate about our Climate Crisis. He is married and has 2 daughters and 2 grandchildren. He says: “Our world is in dire straits. Doing nothing is not an option. We must do everything we can to create a liveable future for our children, our grandchildren, and all future generations.”

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