“We must not allow the climate change debate to neglect - or even prevent - the right of developing countries to grow...Prosperity and economic progress are the best protection for vulnerable communities. Countries with well educated people, with good infrastructure and with the wealth to cope with climatic shocks, will fare best.”
In his first major speech on climate change, the Secretary of State explained that the ten-fold increase in funding will be spent on researching the impacts of global warming on the poorest and most vulnerable people, and on helping their communities, governments and the private sector to take action to prepare for these impacts.
He also announced that DFID will work with interested parties to establish a ‘climate change centre’. The centre will form a network of expertise across the world deploying the best climate change researchers, practitioners and institutions to help developing countries understand and respond to the physical, social and economic impacts of climate change.