Tuesday, June 23, 2009

EU leaders postpone decision on climate change aid

EU leaders on Thursday postponed a decision on climate change aid for the poorest nations, a move slammed by environmentalists.

"The main principles of contribution should be the ability to pay and the responsibility for emissions," the European leaders said in a statement issued during a summit in Brussels

"All countries, except the least developed, should contribute to the financing of the fight against climate change in developing countries," the text added.

But there were no concrete commitment or firm figures.

The EU "recognises the scale of the effort required" and would therefore contribute "a fair share of international public support for action for mitigation and adaptation, in particular for the least developed coutries," the 27 heads of state and government said in their statement.

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