Ed Miliband lays out Labour's net zero green energy pledge
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With vulnerable countries increasingly being hit by extreme storms, floods and droughts, such as Pakistan’s devastating flooding this year, how to address – and pay for – the now unavoidable loss and damage poorer countries are facing from climate change will be one of the key issues at the talks. Ed Miliband told BBC One’s Sunday With Laura Kuenssberg programme it is a “moral responsibility” for the UK to pay other countries affected by the climate crisis.
Asked if a Labour government would pay reparations to developing countries for climate change, Mr Miliband said: “I don’t see it as reparations and when you talk to a lot of campaigners, they don’t see it as loss and damage.
“This is about the fact that poorer countries facing massive effects of climate change.
“We see it all around the world.
“This is about poorer countries on the frontline of the climate crisis.
“Pakistan had these disastrous floods recently, 30 percent of the country underwater.
“This is about global solidarity, yes we have some historical responsibility, but this is about global solidarity and it’s absolutely part of our aid commitment.
“We don’t think the Government was right to cut the 0.7 percent(of national income for foreign aid) commitment. Absolutely it’s about supporting poorer countries.
“It’s morally right and it’s also in our self-interest too because if we don’t act and if we don’t help countries around the world, we’re going to end up with the problems that countries face coming back to us.”
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The host pointed out: “Except China is part of the group of countries that is asking for ‘loss and damage’ to the use the Cop term.”
The MP added: “I promise you, it’s not about giving money to China that’s not what this is about.
“It’s about countries like the Maldives, Pakistan and others.
“We have aid commitments and it is absolutely about recognising our moral responsibility.”
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Rishi Sunak will urge world leaders to move “further and faster” in transitioning away from damaging fossil fuels as he pledges to make the UK a “clean energy superpower”.
The Prime Minister travels to Egypt on Sunday ahead of the Cop27 international climate change summit with a warning that tackling global warming is “fundamental” to future prosperity and security.
In his address on Monday, he will argue the “shock” to the oil and gas markets caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine underlines the need to move to cheaper, cleaner and safer sources of energy.
He will urge leaders assembled at the Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh not to “backslide” on commitments made at last year’s Cop26 summit in Glasgow intended to limit global temperature rises to 1.5C (2.7F) above pre-industrial levels.
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