UN human rights expert calls for concrete funding pledges at global climate talks

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Virginia Dandan

With negotiations on a global climate change treaty currently underway in Poland, a UN independent expert is calling for governments to make concrete funding commitments to tackle the effects of climate change.

Virginia Dandan, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and International Solidarity, urges ministers to clarify what resources would be forthcoming when they meet in Warsaw next week.

In a statement on Friday, the human rights expert says the climate talks provide a "crucial opportunity" for world leaders to secure the foundations for a strong, fair and ambitious framework.

She encourages the negotiators to ground their discussions in the principle of international solidarity, adding that "time is too short and the consequences too great to risk these negotiations becoming caught in entrenched political positions and economic self-interest."

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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