6 nations volunteer to host Green Climate Fund
Group that was conceived at the 2011 UN climate summit will help channel up to $100 billion a year in aid to poor, vulnerable countries by 2020.
Mon, Apr 16, 2012 at 01:38 PM
PROTESTING: Greenpeace activists and supporters along with other non-governmental organizations protest the UN climate conference in Durban, South Africa in 2011. (Photo: Alexander Joe/AFP)
PARIS — Germany, Mexico, Namibia, Poland, South Korea and Switzerland have volunteered to host the Green Climate Fund that will help poor countries fight global warming, the United Nations climate forum said on Monday.
The fund was launched at a U.N. climate conference in Durban last December to help channel up to $100 billion a year in aid to poor, vulnerable countries by 2020.
The board of the fund will consider the country submissions at its first meeting in Geneva from May 31 to June 2, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) said in a statement.
The meeting had originally been scheduled for later this month, but was postponed due to delays in constituting the board.
The board will recommend a host country for the fund to the UNFCCC's next conference which is to be held in Doha from Nov. 26 to Dec. 7.
The Doha gathering will be tasked with elaborating on a roadmap agreed in Durban towards an accord to bring all major greenhouse-gas emitters under a single legal roof.
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