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Meeting the Climate Pledge: Upholding the $100bn Delayed Climate Finance Promise

Developing nations have been told that the $100bn commitment to finance climate action by wealthier countries that had been postponed would be fulfilled by the end of 2023.

This year, Baerbock, Germany's foreign minister, has expressed that wealthy countries have to uphold their US$100bn delayed climate finance promise to developing countries, which was originally set to happen three years ago.

Recently, countries that contribute financially to a cause met to assess their advancement towards a plan established in 2009. This agreement was to provide 100 billion dollars yearly, beginning in 2020, to help countries that are detrimentally affected by climate change's increasing effects.

Addressing representatives from over 40 countries in Berlin, Baerbock declared the "good news" that the affluent nations are "on target to hit the $100 billion mark this year."

Less-developed countries point out that they can't cut down on their CO2 emissions without receiving more assistance from wealthier countries, which are primarily responsible for the greenhouse gas emissions contributing to global warming.

The latest Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development OECD statistics indicate that wealthy countries have only allocated US$83.3bn in financial aid during 2020, which is less than the expected sum by US$16.7bn.

The OECD and affluent nations had proposed that the objective could be fulfilled in the current year.

Expectations are very high, but the level of trust is, unfortunately, low.

The international commitment to contribute US$100bn has received criticism due to the opinion that it is not enough to meet the demands of poorer countries. The pledge has therefore become a symbol of the inability of affluent nations to fulfil their climate finance pledges.

A consequence of the failure to meet the promise has been a greater loss of confidence among the countries participating in climate talks, who are attempting to increase strategies to cut CO2 output.

The fact that it is not yet feasible to allocate the necessary funds is a disgrace - truthfully, trillions are required, according to Dan Jorgensen, Denmark's Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Jorgensen states that, in recent times, Denmark has given substantially more than its fair share to the overall US$100bn. He further holds the opinion that reaching this funding goal could help with getting forward movement in other facets of climate talks this year.

Dr Sultan al-Jaber, the incoming president of the United Nations climate negotiations from the UAE, has stated that the postponement of funds dedicated to the climate is obstructing progress in the fight against global climate change.

Al-Jaber pointed out that "expectations have been set high, yet trust is waning" because the fund's value had decreased since 2009 when the promise was first made.


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