UK government plans to drop £11.6bn international climate pledge – Bond reacts

It has been revealed by The Guardian that the UK Government plans to drop its £11.6 billion international climate pledge to support climate vulnerable countries. 

In reaction to this news, Stephanie Draper, Chief Executive at Bond, the UK network for NGOs, said:

The UK is stepping back as a global partner and is no longer playing a leadership role to drive global efforts to build a more equitable, sustainable world for us all.  The government’s failure to meet its pledge to spend an additional £11.6bn to deliver international climate finance to support climate-vulnerable countries demonstrates its apathy when it comes to doing its fair share to build climate resilience around the world. This is dangerous short-term thinking and will also have an impact on people here in the UK.


Notes for editors

  • On Friday 30 June, Lord Goldsmith resigned as Minister of State for Overseas Territories, Commonwealth, Energy, Climate and Environment. In his resignation letter, he focused on Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s failure to show up at the Paris Summit at the end of June and the UK’s lack of leadership on climate finance and issues. See Bond’s reaction to his resignation. 
  • Bond previously released a media briefing on the Paris Summit on what the organisation would like to see from governments, including the UK,  to drive forward global finance reform and to deliver on climate finance promises.
  • Bond is the UK network for organisations working in international development. Bond unites and supports a diverse network of over 400 civil society organisations from across the UK, and allies to help eradicate global poverty, inequality and injustice.