Sunday, May 27, 2012

Fund for 'climate justice' launched

Press Association: A fund aimed at helping some of the world's poorest communities tackle climate change will be launched in Scotland later this week.

First Minister Alex Salmond will be joined by the former Irish president, human rights champion Mary Robinson, when he launches the climate justice fund in Edinburgh on Thursday. Details of the fund are expected to be announced then.

Looking ahead to the event, Mr Salmond said: "The huge injustice of climate change is that it is those who have done the least to cause the problem, the most vulnerable from the world's poorest communities, who are hardest hit. That is why Scotland is committed to working towards climate justice."

The First Minister welcomed the support of Ms Robinson, a former UN high commissioner for human rights. He said: "Climate justice links human rights and development, and puts people at the heart of our economic system. Mary Robinson's support is testament of the key role Scotland is playing in delivering climate justice...."

Mary Robinson speaking at the University of California, shot by Eho1114, Wikimedia Commons, under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

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