People, Environment

No Travel Money for Poor States

No Travel Money for Poor StatesNo Travel Money for Poor States

Diplomats of developing countries may struggle to attend United Nations climate meetings unless funding for their travel is significantly increased. That is the warning in the UN climate body’s latest budget report, which reveals just $80,000 have so far been provided by donors, compared to well over $300,000 at the same point in 2014, Climate Change News reported. “Additional contributions will be required to fund the participation of representatives from eligible parties in 2016,” reads the report. “As of 30 June 2016, $16.2 million, or 54% of the total core budget indicate contributions expected for the year 2016 had been received.” Compare this with 77% [$41.1 million] received at the same point in 2015. Many developing countries rely on external funding to send an adequate numbers of diplomats to the annual UN climate summit, which this year takes place in Marrakesh, Morocco.