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Climate Change

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 25 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development who is overseeing his Department’s work on climate change. (117019)

The Department, as a whole, is addressing how climate change should be integrated into our work. On policy, the director of the Policy and Research Division leads on policy, advised by the chief scientific adviser and the heads of profession. The Global and Environment Assets Team of the Sustainable Development Group is the lead team on climate change in the Policy and Research Division.

The directors that manage our country programmes and work with the multilateral development institutions lead on implementation. For example, the International Financial Institutional Department leads on DFID’s engagement with the World Bank and regional development banks on low carbon energy; DFID country offices are leading on the piloting of risk assessments; and the Conflict, Humanitarian and Security Department leads on disasters associated with climate change.

All directors report to one of three director-generals who, through DFID’s permanent secretary, report to the Secretary of State and the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State.