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18/11/13 12:16

Scotland champions Climate Justice

Ambitious action outlined at UN talks.

Scotland’s Environment and Climate Change Minister Paul Wheelhouse is spreading the message on the importance of Climate Justice to the international community.

The Scottish Government’s engagement and delivery of Climate Justice recognises that climate change has the greatest impact on the world’s poorest communities. Mr Wheelhouse is highlighting Scotland’s pioneering work in this field to international counterparts at UN Climate talks (UNFCCC) in Warsaw this week.

The annual talks bring together Ministers and stakeholders from nearly 200 countries, and also act as a platform for sharing global best practice on climate change.

The initial £3 million round of Scotland’s Climate Justice funding has been channelled into five water-related climate adaptation projects in Zambia and Malawi. Last month the First Minister announced the Climate Justice Fund was being doubled to £6 million, allowing this important work to continue building on learning gained in the first tranche of projects.

The second round of funding will be available from 2014 and Mr Wheelhouse has confirmed the next round of funding will:

  • support projects in related areas of water, food and energy in the same partner countries identified in the first round i.e. Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania and Rwanda
  • address the needs of climate vulnerable people, for example recognising the disproportionate effect the impact of climate change can have on the poor, women and children in developing countries
  • empower the poor and vulnerable in decisions and access to resources
  • take a rights-based approach to programmes and services to promote human rights and the strengthening of civil society
  • involve business
  • build trust between communities in developed and developing countries

Minister for Environment and Climate Change Paul Wheelhouse said:

“The devastating events experienced in the Philippines recently highlight why Climate Justice should be a global priority, adding to evidence of climate change impacts in vulnerable regions such as Sub-Saharan Africa.

“We strongly recognise the voices of those who are in the frontline of the impacts of climate change. For many of the people in communities in developing countries in particular, climate change already threatens basic human rights: to water, food, shelter, education, employment and to life itself.

“Scotland has already set out the most ambitious global targets to cut emissions and as a nation, we’ve dramatically increased our renewable electricity production. We are also pioneering a specific climate justice approach, which puts people and human rights at the heart of Scotland’s action on climate change and in supporting fair and sustainable global development.

“Here in Warsaw, I’ve had the privilege to meet and will be meeting with a number of esteemed colleagues from the international community, including faith communities promoting climate justice and the Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance. The game-changing work being carried out by Scotland with our Climate Justice Fund is being extremely well received and held up as an example for other nations to follow, for which we should be rightfully proud.”

Notes to editors

Scotland’s innovative Climate Justice Fund has been warmly welcomed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former UN High Commissioner Mary Robinson.

The Fund demonstrates Scotland’s role in championing climate justice and in supporting the development of appropriate climate justice solutions. The new £3 million funding announced by the First Minister as the second round of Scotland’s innovative Climate Justice Fund will be available from 2014. Grants will be awarded over a two year period.

More on the Climate Justice Fund: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Environment/climatechange/climatejusticefund

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