Developing Countries: Climate Change

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 8th July 2015.

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Photo of Tom Brake Tom Brake Liberal Democrat, Carshalton and Wallington 11:30 am, 8th July 2015

What steps she is taking to tackle the effects of climate change in developing countries.

Photo of Grant Shapps Grant Shapps The Minister of State, Department for International Development

The UK Government are playing a leading role in tackling the effects of climate change in developing countries through the £3.87 billion international climate fund. The ICF focuses on reducing poverty by promoting low carbon growth, building resilience to the impacts of climate change and tackling deforestation.

Photo of Tom Brake Tom Brake Liberal Democrat, Carshalton and Wallington

Combating poverty and tackling climate change are two sides of the same coin, as the poorest are often those who are hit first and most harshly by climate change. What steps is the Minister taking to ensure environmental sustainability and combating climate change are fully integrated into all the relevant sustainable development goals?

Photo of Grant Shapps Grant Shapps The Minister of State, Department for International Development

The right hon. Gentleman is absolutely right when he says the two are completely linked. That is why the £3.87 billion fund from the UK is so important. He is right to say we need to find new ways of delivering better climate outcomes, including, for example, through the UK Government’s efforts in Energy Africa, a programme that will help to ensure clean energy for the 1.2 billion people who have no energy in their homes.