To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what information his Department holds on the extent of contributions to the UN Green Climate Fund made by other European countries to date; if he will make it his policy that the UK should undertake to contribute at least one billion US dollars to the UN Green Climate Fund in advance of the COP20 climate talks in Lima in December 2014; and if he will make a statement.
We understand that 8 European countries have announced commitments totalling up to US $2.2 billion - including France, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Czech Republic and Luxemburg. We also welcome announcements from developing countries – South Korea and Mexico recently announced pledges of $100m and $10m respectively.
We are currently finalising the details of a UK pledge. The UK recognises the importance of a successful initial resource mobilisation process, and is keen for the Fund to become fully operational as soon as possible. We aim to pledge before the Lima UNFCCC Conference of the Parties.