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House of Commons Hansard
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Climate Change: International Co-operation
11 November 2009
Volume 499
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To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change for which aspects of the Government’s contribution to commitments agreed at the International Monetary Fund-World Bank annual meetings in Istanbul in 2009 his Department will be responsible. [297108]

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[holding answer 2 November 2009]: There were no specific commitments agreed for which the Department will be responsible. The IMF-World Bank communiqué reiterated support for the World Bank Group’s efforts to tackle long-term development challenges, including climate change, in line with its comparative advantage. We welcome the engagement of all international financial institutions in addressing the challenge and opportunity of low carbon climate resilient growth, and encourage them to make their existing investments climate-smart.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has made on ensuring that a forthcoming climate change agreement is consistent with the Government’s commitment to international development. [297983]

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A comprehensive, fair and equitable deal at Copenhagen that tackles climate change effectively has the potential to be the most important development agreement of the decade. An agreement that puts the needs of developing countries and poor people at its heart is essential for sustainable growth and poverty reduction. These issues are central to all our international discussions on the shape of a Copenhagen deal.