The Daily Telegraph

Denmark first to pledge to pay climate change compensati­on

- By James Crisp

DENMARK yesterday became the first country to promise to pay millions of pounds in compensati­on to developing countries ravaged by climate change.

The landmark pledge to make “loss and damage” payments was made at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Flemming Møller Mortensen, Denmark’s developmen­t minister, said that more than £11.4 million would go to the Sahel region in north-west Africa and other regions.

Developing countries say they are bearing the brunt of the climate crisis that has been caused largely by the pollution and carbon emissions from richer, industrial­ised nations.

Some of the world’s most vulnerable areas, such as low-lying islands at risk of rising sea levels, want the UN to set up a “loss and damage” funding facility at the Cop27 climate negotiatio­ns in Egypt in November.

However, the US, EU and other richer nations are opposed to making reparation­s, despite being responsibl­e for the vast majority of carbon emissions.

“It is grossly unfair that the world’s poorest should suffer the most from the consequenc­es of climate change, to which they have contribute­d the least,” Mr Møller Mortensen said, as Denmark broke ranks with those countries in a move that will put pressure on others to follow suit.

Antonio Guterres, the UN secretaryg­eneral, has urged rich countries to tax the windfall profits of fossil fuel companies and use that money to compensate “countries suffering loss and damage caused by the climate crisis”.

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