Biden vows to double aid for vulnerable nations dealing with climate change
- September 27, 2021
- Posted by: Njango Njung'e
- Category: Climate Change
The Washington Post
President Biden announced plans Tuesday to double the funding the United States provides each year to help developing nations cope with the ravages of climate change and build greener economies.
Speaking at the United Nations, Biden framed the move as part of a broader return to multilateralism, saying the world must work together to combat daunting challenges such as the coronavirus pandemic, trade disputes and a rapidly warming planet.
Biden said he intends to work with Congress to boost the U.S. annual contribution to the problem to $11.4 billion, an amount he said is necessary “to support the countries and people that will be hit the hardest and that have the fewest resources to help them adapt.”
…“Climate finance to help the world’s vulnerable people is the elephant in the room heading towards the COP26 climate summit,” Mohamed Adow, director of the African climate and energy think tank Power Shift Africa, said in a statement Tuesday.
“It’s good to see President Biden is upping the amount that the U.S. is contributing, and others should certainly follow suit. However, the U.S. is still woefully short of what it owes.”