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SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — Germany announced Thursday that it is increasing the amount it provides each year to help countries adapt to climate change to 60 million euros (dollars).

Germany, which previously provided EUR 50 million per year, is the largest single donor to the Adaptation Fund.

Since 2010, the fund has distributed more than $900 million to projects in nearly 100 countries.

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An African Union official said he does not expect a deal on climate finance at this year’s UN climate change conference because of the widening gap between developed and developing countries.

Paul Elvis Tangem, the coordinator of the Great Green Wall Initiative at the African Union Commission, said many countries have expressed concern about “how far it (discussions about loss and damage) can go.”

“I don’t think we’re going to have money for loss and damage now,” he said. “But I believe we will have special funding” at the next conference, he said.

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The Marshall Islands’ climate envoy said small island states do not want the COP27 meeting to end without an agreement on financing losses and damages.

“Waiting for the next COP or even COP29 is not an option for us. We are not leaving without this fund,” said Kathy Jetn̄il-Kijiner during a press panel. “We have been very clear. We need the fund now and it must be a fund.”

She said the idea of ​​a financing mechanism for loss and damage of developing countries most affected by climate change is gaining traction. “We are doing our best to maintain the line and to continue the ambition.”

The Marshall Islands are a chain of islands between Hawaii and the Philippines, most of which are no more than two meters (6.5 feet) above sea level.

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Sherry Rehman, Pakistan’s climate minister, said developing countries will continue to press hard for an agreement on the issue of ‘loss and damage’ at this year’s UN climate talks in Egypt.

Rehman told reporters Thursday that the group of countries she presides over, known as G77 and China, want “at the very least a political announcement of intent” about rich polluters offering new financial aid to poor countries for the effects of global warming.

She made it clear she did not expect the meeting in Sharm el-Sheikh to produce “a whole bunch of finances,” but added that “if this continues, we will see it as a denial of climate justice.”

Rehman said she was aware that some countries are “concerned about liabilities and litigation.”

“I think we can get around all those fears,” she said. “The idea here is not to make one country or group of countries uncomfortable or put them in a hostile position.”

But she said the recent devastating floods in her own country, which caused tens of billions of dollars in damage, show how hard people are being hit who have done little to cause climate change.

“That dystopia that came to our doorstep will come to everyone,” she said. “So before it gets to that point, let’s learn to work together and bring some focus and real ambition to climate justice and achieving shared goals.”

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Senior Western officials have met with the Egyptian diplomat chairing this year’s UN climate talks amid fears the negotiators may fail to reach an agreement.

Alok Sharma, the British official who chaired talks in Glasgow last year, Frans Timmermans, the EU’s climate chief, and Canadian Climate Minister Steven Guilbeault told Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry that “there are still there are many gaps” in the draft decisions.

Sharma’s office said the three officials told Shoukry that the recent commitment by the Group of 20 Major Developed and Emerging Economies in Bali “should be the basis and not the ceiling” in the climate talks known as COP27.

“The last thing anyone wants is for this COP to end with no consensus,” they said, according to Sharma’s office.

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A draft decision proposed by host Egypt for this year’s UN climate talks has surprised negotiators who say it contains ideas never before discussed during the two-week talks.

This includes a call for developed countries to achieve “net negative carbon emissions by 2030” – a goal much more difficult than any major nation has committed to date and which would be very difficult to achieve.

Diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the issue, say the 20-page draft released early Thursday is far more inflated than what would normally be expected at this stage of the negotiations.

Discussions will wrap up on Friday, but it’s not uncommon for the annual meeting to be overworked.

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