ActionAid reaction to new OECD report on climate finance

A new OECD report released today, Climate Finance in 2013-14 and the USD 100 billion goal, claims that rich countries provided over $60 billion in climate finance to poor countries in 2014 and that “significant progress” is being made towards the goal of $100 billion by 2020.

The primary objective of climate finance is to benefit developing countries and support their climate action. Yet the large majority of the OECD’s $60 billion estimate are in the form of export credits, the full value of both concessional and market-rate loans, and private investment. The ultimate beneficiaries of these forms of finance are actors in rich countries – not developing countries, much less poor and vulnerable communities.

ActionAid Senior Policy Analyst Brandon Wu, a climate finance expert and the developed country NGO representative to the Board of the Green Climate Fund, said:

“The claims made in the OECD report are misleading. Counting export credits, the full value of loans, and private investments as climate finance does not serve the needs of people affected by climate change. It only serves the needs of rich country governments that are failing to meet their obligations.

“If we really care about climate change and the devastating impacts it’s having on the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people, we need to make sure climate finance gets to the people who need it most. The amounts committed to date fall far short of what’s needed, and accounting tricks won’t change that.

“We welcome that OECD governments are saying they still intend to reach the $100 billion goal. But dodgy accounting to make rich countries look good won’t help prevent disaster for poor countries and their people.”

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