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‘End crippling debt’: Calls mount for global financial reform to tackle debt and climate crisis

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🗞️ Driving the news: An open letter sent to G20 leaders ahead of the World Bank and IMF meetings calls for significant changes in global financial policies to assist developing nations in tackling climate change 
• It advocates for tripling climate finance, ending crippling debt, and implementing policies to make polluters pay. 

🔭 The context: The letter is backed by prominent figures including former political leaders and celebrities, emphasizing the urgency due to compounding global crises such as conflict, food insecurity, and biodiversity loss
• These issues threaten the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Developing countries are disproportionately affected by climate change and are currently burdened by external debts that surpass their spending on crucial public services like health and education
• Financial reforms could enhance their capacity for climate adaptation and resilience. 

⏭️ What's next: The call for reform aims to reshape the financial systems of international institutions like the World Bank and IMF to better serve the needs of developing nations, integrating climate considerations into their decision-making processes

💬 One quote: “It’s hard for any government to invest in renewables or climate resilience when the treasury coffers are bare, debt servicing costs have overtaken health spending, new borrowing is impossible, and the wolves of poverty are at the door,” - Simon Stiell, Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

📈 One stat: The UN Environment Programme estimates that developing nations will need up to €343 billion each year in public finance for climate adaptation this decade.

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