53 nations back $10bn "fast start" climate fund

The Commonwealth's 53 member states have backed a UK proposal to provide $10bn (€6.7bn) annually between 2010 and 2012 to help the world's poorest nations tackle climate change. A joint declaration was issued following a meeting in Trinidad last weekend.

The countries represent more than one quarter of the parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meeting in Copenhagen this month to agree a successor to the Kyoto treaty. The UK said it would contribute €882m to the "Copenhagen Launch Fund".

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