Sturgeon hands over £12 million to help developing countries combat climate-change at Paris summit

Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland
Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland

Scotland’s First Minister has announced at the UN global climate change summit in Paris that an extra £12 million will be invested over the next four years to help reduce the impact of climate change on the world’s poorest communities 

The funding will see the Scottish Government’s Climate Justice Fund double in size and allow more support to projects in countries such as Malawi and Zambia. The fund aims to lessen the impacts of climate change on some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.

Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish First Minister, said: “The people who have done least to cause climate change are the people who are being hit hardest. The scale of the injustice is massive.”

Sturgeon also met with former Irish President and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, who officially launched Scotland’s Climate Justice Fund in 2012, as well as Oxfam International Executive Director Winnie Byanyima. The Fund has also received backing from Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Over the last five years the Climate Justice Fund has already invested £6 million for 11 projects in four sub-Saharan African countries. In Malawi, for example, around 30,000 people now have access to safe clean drinking water and over 100 committees have been trained in natural resources rights and management.

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