UN climate chief calls for final push to meet adaptation fund goal

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Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Christiana Figueres on Thursday called for a final push to meet the funding goals for the Adaptation Fund, which assists vulnerable communities in developing countries in adapting to climate change.

The Adaptation Fund has received new pledges for 2015 amounting to almost 75 million U.S. dollars, including from Germany, Sweden, Italy, and the Walloon Region of Belgium, very close to the 80 million U.S. dollars a year target which was set about two years ago, said the press release of the UNFCCC.

"I would like to thank all those who have prior to and at COP21 pledged financial support to the Adaptation Fund," said the UN climate chief.

"The announcements at the UN climate change conference by Germany, Italy, Sweden and Wallonia now put us in striking distance of that 80 million U.S. dollars aim. I would call on others to come forward with the final support needed in order to register yet another success here in Paris towards the overall goal of a low emission, resilient world," said Figueres.

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