Britain offers $410 million guarantee for Asia and Pacific climate fund

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LONDON - Britain will provide guarantees of up to US$300 million (S$410 million) to a climate funding facility designed to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build infrastructure resilient to the impact of climate change in Asia and the Pacific.

The guarantee will go to the Innovative Finance Facility for Climate in Asia and the Pacific (Ifcap), a leveraged guarantee mechanism for climate finance that was announced in May by the Asian Development Bank.

Britain said the guarantee could unlock US$1.2 billion to US$1.8 billion in climate financing and would help achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Those goals – a global to-do list set out in 2015 – are a focal point for the UN General Assembly, taking place this week against a backdrop of geopolitical tension as Russia and China vie with the US and Europe to win over developing countries.

British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly will make the guarantee announcement at the assembly in New York. He will also announce further funding and guarantees worth £180 million (S$304 million) to support education through the International Finance Facility for Education. REUTERS

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