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Climate Change

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 10th December 2018.

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Photo of Lord Barker of Battle Lord Barker of Battle Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what outcome they are seeking to achieve from the 24th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention and Climate Change; and how they intend to take a leadership role in efforts to combat climate change internationally after Brexit.

Photo of Lord Henley Lord Henley Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

At the 24th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the UK is committed to bringing the Paris Agreement to life by agreeing a robust set of rules that will support its implementation, and to encourage ambitious action globally. As part of this, we will be supporting a Talanoa Dialogue that results in a firm commitment that all countries will review and update their Nationally Determined Contributions in light of discussions and latest science.

The UK’s deep commitment to tackling climate change will be unchanged by EU Exit. The UK will continue to be a leader on both domestic and international climate action, backed up by our strong domestic legislation and international climate finance commitments. Working with our European partners will remain very important and the UK will continue to engage strongly and proactively with multilateral groupings such as the G7, G20 and the Commonwealth. We have strong relationships with a broad range of Parties in the UNFCCC, including through progressive alliances such as the High Ambition Coalition and the Cartagena Dialogue. Furthermore, we continue to support others to implement the Paris Agreement. The UK will provide at least £5.8bn in climate finance from 2016-2020, providing support for adaptation, mitigation, technical assistance and capacity building.

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