British Overseas Territories: Climate Change

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 20 March 2023.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the eligibility of the British Overseas Territories to obtain funding from the United Nations climate change loss and damage fund; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of David Rutley David Rutley Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The UK recognises that the current impacts of climate change are leading to losses and damages including in the British Overseas Territories. The UK welcomes the establishment of new funding arrangements for loss and damage including a fund and will play an active role on the Transitional Committee set up to progress these issues. Terms of any funding arrangements are yet to be developed so it is not possible to say at this stage who will be eligible.

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