Sturgeon announces plans to pay millions in climate reparations

Sturgeon says richer countries need to help with climate change

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Nicola Sturgeon today pledged to send millions of pounds of UK taxpayer money overseas as part of climate reparations. The Scottish First Minister said a further £5million pounds of “loss and damage” payments would be sent to communities most impacted by rising global temperatures.

She said the money was an “important message” about the need for rich countries to compensate developing countries suffering from climate disasters.

At this year’s COP27 there has been increased pressure on countries to commit to giving money to poorer countries.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak even agreed to consider the payments as part of a last-minute deal struck at the weekend.

Speaking this morning, Ms Sturgeon said there was a need for a “sense of progress” in tackling climate change.

“There is a real need to make tangible progress, to have real accountability – obviously for the achievement of what we all need to achieve, but along the way to retain a sense of trust and faith in the process,” she said.

“I think that trust and faith is what is on the line here in Egypt over the next couple of weeks.

“We’re not going to achieve everything that people want to achieve here, but – whether it’s on loss and damage or commitments around emissions reductions – there must be a tangible sense of progress and not allow other big important issues to divert attention.”

Speaking at an event hosted by the New York Times, the First Minister said the mood at the conference was “increasingly impatient, frustrated and, yes in some quarters, bordering on justifiable anger”.

Ms Sturgeon said that the world was failing to meet its 1.5C upper target for temperature rises.

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“The world is on a path much closer to 2.5C – we need to be honest about that,” she said.

The SNP leader said the inability to deliver the promise of $100billion annually to developing countries in climate financing as agreed at COP15 in Copenhagen in 2009 had eroded trust in developing nations.

Ms Sturgeon’s commitment to more money comes just 24 hours after former PM Boris Johnson rejected demands for reparations to be paid.

He said the UK “simply doesn’t have the financial resource”.

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Instead, countries should “look to the future” and focus on investment and technological solutions to climate change, the ex-Conservative leader added.

Speaking in Egypt today Ms Sturgeon also said: “The Glasgow Climate Pact was an important agreement, which included strengthened efforts to build resilience to climate change, curb greenhouse gas emissions and provide the necessary finance for both.

“Countries cannot row back on the commitments made in Glasgow.

“COP27 must put a renewed focus on the ongoing delivery of the commitments already made and seek agreement for more meaningful action.”

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