20 Aug 2010

Marshalls tries to fast track climate change funding

3:17 pm on 20 August 2010

Authorities in the Marshall Islands are pushing a United Nations initiative to streamline funding and create an action plan to access funding to combat climate change.

The country's UN Ambassador is worried that billions of dollars pledged by donors to combat climate change and sea level rise may not reach the countries that need it.

Phillip Muller says a team of staff members from the UN mission have been meeting with leaders of government and NGOs in Majuro to produce a roadmap to help the country begin accessing the funding.

At last December's global meeting on climate change in Copenhagen countries across the globe have pledged 45 billion US dollars.

But Mr Muller says very little of this money has flown to the Marshall Islands and other developing nations that need it.