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Monday, 12 April 2010

EU summit 'fails to deliver' on climate change and poverty

Europe's political leaders have been accused of "once again failing to deliver" on a range of policy pledges, ranging from poverty reduction to climate change. The attack, by different European NGO groups, comes after the recent EU summit in Brussels. No new action was agreed at the summit which assessed the state of play post-Copenhagen with leaders EU merely restating their target of 20 per cent emissions reductions by 2020 compared to 1990 levels, with a conditional offer of 30 per cent cuts if other countries increase their commitments. Sonja Meister, climate campaign coordinator for Friends of the Earth Europe, said, "These figures are not consistent with what science and climate justice demand, and will not help achieve progress in international negotiations." She said, "Heads of state once again failed to deliver Europe's fair share of the finances needed to enable developing countries to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
"The meeting simply repeated the insufficient offers of €2.4bn short term finance, mostly repackaged development aid."

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