COP26: Developing countries call for more support

Developing countries have urged developed nations to provide financial support they promised for measures to cope with climate change.

They made the call at a meeting in the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow, Scotland, on Wednesday.

Developed nations promised to provide 100 billion dollars a year from the public and private sectors by 2020 to help developing countries address climate change.

But the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development reported that funds from developed nations in 2019 totaled about 80 billion dollars. It is widely believed that developed nations did not reach the target in 2020.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at the COP26 summit that developed nations are responsible for climate change. Many developing and emerging countries also urged developed nations to provide more financial assistance.

An Indian government official said his country has set new goals and is moving forward. He also said the countries that have long been major emitters should offer financial support, and that 100 billion dollars a year is insufficient.

A delegate from Sierra Leone said floods have occurred frequently in his country, causing serious damage. He also said developed countries should fulfill their pledges swiftly. He added that his country cannot take any measures without easily accessible funds.

British Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak told reporters that some nations, such as Japan, Australia and Norway, offered fresh pledges to raise their financial support.

Sunak argued that the total funding over the five years through 2025 may exceed 500 billion dollars.