A desperate and largely unknown humanitarian crisis is deteriorating in the Lake Chad Basin region of West Africa, forcing millions of people to flee their homes and leaving millions more in need of humanitarian assistance. Oxfam is providing life-saving support but help is urgently needed to prevent the crisis turning into a catastrophe.
As the US, Ethiopia and European Union, including France, Germany and the UK coalesce around a climate finance package of $100bn, Jeremy Hobbs, Executive Director of Oxfam International said:
“It’s good news that discussions on climate cash have finally got moving after two long years of delay but this needs to be the start of the conversation – not the end. $100bn is half the amount poor countries need to reduce their emissions and adapt to a changing climate. The money must come from public sources - not be subject to the whims of the markets - and it must not be diverted from existing aid promises. Poor countries will still need to build schools and hospitals – as well as flood defences.”
Oxfam is calling for rich countries to provide at least $200bn a year in new money to help poor countries adapt to a changing climate and reduce their emissions.
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