UK Parliamentary report calls for more development assistance towards climate emergency
A new report released by the UK parliament's International Development Committee has called for a radical overhaul of the UK’s development assistance strategy to ensure tackling climate change is at the heart of all the UK's development work. The report argues for climate change to be mainstreamed across programming, for an increase in direct UK funding and wider policy coherency across government to address the issue.
The UK has committed £1.8 billion ($2.3 billion) in climate finance for 2020, but the report argues that this should be the minimum spent each year, and that aid for fossil fuel projects should cease altogether. The new UK Secretary for State for International Development, Rory Stewart, has welcomed the report and called for more financing to address the issue.