Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Questions (71)

Eoin Ó Broin


71. Deputy Eoin Ó Broin asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade further to Parliamentary Question No. 111 of 5 March 2019, the number of grants made versus loans, that is, quantity and monetary value regarding loans; the amount of interest applied; and the main receivers of the climate finance. [12163/19]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

Addressing climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our generation. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is helping to address the most pressing climate change challenges through its international development policy and programming.

Ireland’s international climate finance is provided to partner countries in grant form only. The Irish Government does not issue climate finance through loans.

The main receivers of Ireland’s climate finance are Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States - countries and regions most affected by climate change and which need urgent support to address the impacts of climate change.

Ireland’s new policy for international development, A Better World, launched by the Taoiseach, Tánaiste and Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development on 28th February maintains a strong focus on addressing climate change. Given the urgency of the issue and in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals the new policy commits us to increase our funding and engagement with those most affected by the impact of climate change.