9 Sep 2013

US pledges multi million dollar climate change fund for region

7:03 pm on 9 September 2013

The United States has announced a new multi million dollar climate change fund for the Pacific.

The US Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, says the 20 to 24 million dollar Pacific American Climate Fund will provide and monitor grants for climate change adaptation.

She told the post Pacific Islands Forum Dialogue the fund aims to reduce long-term vulnerabilities, focus on sustainable development which is climate resilient and provide USAID with a platform to fund adaptation measures in the region.

Ms Jewell says combating climate change is a top priority for the US, but it knows it needs to do more.

She says it has made significant progress in reducing emissions by nearly 7 percent since 2005 and has pledged to reduce them further in the range of 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020.