“Poor and developing nations have the right to insist on generous and guaranteed adaptation funds," said the Liberal Democrat Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary.
Commenting on a leaked draft agreement for the Copenhagen climate talks drawn up by a small group of developed nations, Simon Hughes said:
“Unless the talks in Copenhagen have the objective of protecting the poorest and most vulnerable countries from the worst effects of the climate crisis, there will not be a deal and there should not a deal.
“It is the past behaviour of rich and developed countries like ours which has contributed most to the climate crisis we face in this century.
“Poor and developing nations have the right to insist on generous and guaranteed adaptation funds to help deal with the harms that they will suffer most.
“Any attempt to sideline the UN from this process would pose a real threat to a fair climate deal.”