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US Promises $3 Billion to Help Developing Countries Fight Climate Change at COP28

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US Promises $3 Billion to Help Developing Countries Fight Climate Change at COP28

On Saturday, December 02, 2023, the United States announced its commitment to contribute $3 billion to the Green Climate Fund, an initiative by the United Nations aimed at supporting developing nations in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to climate change.

This commitment, part of the ongoing COP28 for achieving environmental justice, focuses on three areas: supporting adaptation efforts, implementing mitigation initiatives, and facilitating technology transfer while building capacities.

This announcement comes as a step towards rebuilding trust in countries’ promises of help, particularly during the crucial climate talks taking place in Dubai.

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The United States’ pledge of $3 billion adds to the declared commitments of $9.3 billion by nations such as the UK, France, Germany, and Japan. This move reflects the Biden administration’s dedication to addressing climate change through increased grants, loans, and financial support.

These measures are considered to be part of a strategy to counteract/oppose the earlier Donald Trump-led administration’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement and cancellation of funding for major global warming initiatives.

This commitment by the US is seen as a move towards supporting its credibility/trustworthiness at COP28, which is set to span over two weeks. Previous negotiations at COPs have highlighted the urgent need, for assistance, and exposed deep mistrust and tension resulting from wealthy nations’ failure to fulfill their obligations in providing sufficient funding.

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The proposed additional funding, covering the years 2024 to 2028, is contingent on allocations from the US Congress. However, previous attempts, like former President Barack Obama’s commitment in 2014, faced opposition, resulting in only $2 billion provided.

At present, there is no plan in place to compensate for the $1 billion shortfall. The focus now is on ensuring the success of the second replenishment. Administration officials are optimistic about gaining support by highlighting the increased visibility and impactful initiatives of the UN fund, such as supporting rice agriculture in Thailand and enhancing flood risk management in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

US climate finance committed internationally was $5.8 billion in 2022, a significant increase from $1.5 billion the previous year. A State Department official stated that US climate finance for this year would exceed $9.5 billion, with hopes to reach over $11 billion by 2024.

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Also Read: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Joins World Climate Action Summit in Dubai

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Family of slain British Indian teen slams UK cops for 'mismanagement'

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Families of Victims in Nottingham Murders Criticize Police Mismanagement

London, Feb 27 (IANS) – Families of the victims of the Nottingham murders, which included an Indian-origin student, expressed their disappointment with the police handling of the case. They vowed to continue raising concerns and not be silenced.

British-Indian Grace O’Malley-Kumar, fellow student Barnaby Webber, and caretaker Ian Coates were fatally stabbed by Valdo Calocane near the University of Nottingham on June 13, 2023. The families accused Nottinghamshire Police of suppressing information and failing to address case failings.

Calocane, sentenced to an indefinite hospital order for manslaughter based on diminished responsibility, received backlash from the victims’ families who had hoped for a murder trial. They criticized the police for sharing details about the victims on a WhatsApp group, calling for urgent changes to prevent similar incidents.

In a joint statement, the families affirmed, “We will not be silenced.” They highlighted ongoing mismanagement by Nottingham Police and emphasized the need for accountability and transparency. They also revealed that the police had instructed journalists not to report information discussed in an off-the-record press briefing.

Seeking justice, the families are awaiting responses from the Home Secretary and have reached out to Opposition leader Keir Starmer for a meeting. They demand a public inquiry into the case and have met with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who assured them of obtaining answers. Additionally, Attorney General Victoria Prentis KC MP expressed concern over the leniency of Calocane’s sentence and will refer the case to the Court of Appeal.

The families’ relentless pursuit of justice sheds light on the need for improved handling of such cases and accountability within the law enforcement system. They remain committed to seeking accountability and justice for their loved ones, while urging authorities to address the issues raised in the case actively.

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UN wants strengthened, empowered Palestinian govt: Spokesman

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In response to the resignation of Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh, the United Nations (UN) has expressed support for a strengthened and empowered Palestinian government. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres noted the announcement of the government’s resignation, emphasizing the importance of a government that can administer the occupied Palestinian territory effectively.

The UN believes that a strong Palestinian government is crucial in the path towards establishing a fully independent, democratic, and viable Palestinian state based on the 1967 lines. The spokesman highlighted the significance of Gaza as an integral part of this vision for lasting peace. The UN remains committed to supporting efforts to address the various challenges faced by the Palestinian people, including humanitarian, political, financial, and security issues.

On the ground in Gaza, the UN reported on the evacuation of critical patients from Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis, emphasizing the impact of the ongoing conflict on healthcare access and outcomes. The situation has led to tragic consequences for newborns, with mothers unable to access necessary prenatal and postnatal care due to the conflict-related challenges they face.

The report also highlighted the continued intense Israeli bombardment across Gaza, resulting in civilian casualties, displacement, and destruction of infrastructure. The conflict has escalated with ground operations and heavy fighting between Israeli forces and Palestinian armed groups. The exchange of fire has led to casualties on both sides, with rockets fired towards Israel by armed Palestinian groups.

Since October 7, 2023, the conflict has taken a devastating toll, with thousands of Palestinians killed and injured in Gaza. The Ministry of Health in Gaza reported alarming figures, underscoring the urgent need for a peaceful resolution to the ongoing conflict. The UN remains actively engaged in efforts to support the Palestinian people and address the humanitarian crisis unfolding in the region.

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Tamas Sulyok elected as Hungary's new President

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Tamas Sulyok elected as Hungary's new President

Hungarian lawmakers elected Tamas Sulyok as the new President with 134 votes in favor, 5 against, and 7 invalid. Sulyok, head of the Constitutional Court, will be inaugurated on March 5 for a five-year term, succeeding Katalin Novak who resigned amid a child abuse pardon scandal.

Sulyok, known for his legal and academic career, aims to be a “president of trust” with a commitment to uphold the fundamental values of the law. Prime Minister Viktor Orban praised Sulyok’s extensive qualifications, including his experience in constitutional and legal matters, international law, and understanding of political institutions.

With a background as a judicial clerk, legal adviser, lawyer, and honorary consul of Austria, Sulyok has been a guest lecturer in constitutional law at the University of Szeged since 2005. He has served as deputy president of the Constitutional Court since 2015 and was elected as the president in 2016.

Most opposition lawmakers abstained from the voting process. Sulyok emphasized his commitment to serving the public good and embodying the nation’s unity as the President of the Republic. His role will focus on interpreting power within the framework of the law and promoting fairness in competing values.

Sulyok, born in Kiskunfelegyhaza in southern Hungary in 1956, holds a PhD in law and has a European law qualification. He will take on the role of the country’s President for the next five years, with the possibility of being re-elected for another term as per the fundamental law.

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