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Six sovereign wealth funds sign climate pledge

Paris, France | July 6, 2018, Friday @ 13:00 in World » GENERAL | By: AFP | Views: 1191
Six sovereign wealth funds sign climate pledge

A picture taken on June 1, 2018 shows the dried dammed lake of the state-run water distribution company Sodeci "Societe de Distribution de l'Eau de la Cote d'Ivoire" (Water Distribution Company of Ivory Coast) in Bouake, central Ivory Coast. Located in grassy savanna around 400 kilometres (250 miles) from the Ivorian economic capital of Abidjan, Bouake is a city of more than half million souls, with a million more in surrounding territory. The dammed lake that supplies 70 percent of the city's water has run dry. One factor is an unprecedented drought that has gripped the region -- a phenomenon in line with expert warnings about climate change. But another, says the territory's director for water affairs, Seydou Coulibaly, is the impact of unregulated sand quarrying, which has altered the course of waterways feeding the reservoir. (ISSOUF SANOGO / AFP)

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(AFP) - Six sovereign wealth funds including four Gulf states have pledged to boost efforts to fight climate change at a Paris meeting called by Emmanuel Macron, the French presidential office announced Friday.

The state funds of Kuwait, Norway, New Zealand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates -- global finance heavyweights mainly fuelled by domestic oil and gas revenue -- promised to encourage the companies they invest in to tackle the rising threat of a warming planet.

The heads of the funds, which together are worth more than $3 trillion, signed a charter to be unveiled Friday evening at the Elysee palace.

In it they agree to push firms to integrate the risk of climate change into their business plans and publish information on strategies to reduce carbon use.

"The transition to a low-carbon economy creates new investment opportunities," the six funds said in the charter, adding that long-term investments could help finance the shift to greener energy sources.

They expressed hope that the agreement would help "tilt the trajectory of the world economy towards sustainable growth and avoid catastrophic risks for the planet".

The funds first agreed to work together on environmental issues at the "One Planet Summit" in France in December, organised by Macron after the United States pulled out of the Paris climate accord.

US President Donald Trump faced condemnation when he announced in June last year that the United States was abandoning the climate pact, painting the accord as a "bad deal" for the US economy.

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