Sudan: Climate Change

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 29th November 2021.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to section 40 of the Glasgow Climate Pact, what steps they will take to provide emergency assistance for necessary mitigation and adaptation to climate change in Sudan.

Photo of Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

As COP26 President, the UK is committed to driving action to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees and support countries that are most vulnerable to adapt to the impacts of climate change such as Sudan. This will be crucially important for communities in Africa, where the impacts of climate change are already being felt. The UK is a long-standing supporter of African adaptation, with around half of our £2.7 billion adaptation budget between 2016 and 2020 spent in Africa. We have strengthened these commitments at COP26, where the UK announced £143.5 million funding for programmes for African countries to adapt to the impact of extreme weather and changing climate. We have provided a guarantee to the African Development Bank, releasing up to $2 billion of climate finance - half of which will be for adaptation. These commitments demonstrate that Africa is at the heart of our approach to climate and nature. In the case of Sudan the military coup d'état of 25 October does not change the need to address climate change issues and ordinary Sudanese must not suffer as a result of the military's actions. We will however keep any specific support under review in light of the evolving situation.

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