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France to give one billion dollars to UN’s green fund

Demonstrators in New York on Sunday call for action on climate change
Demonstrators in New York on Sunday call for action on climate change Reuters/Mike Segar

France will contribute one billion dollars to the United Nations’ Green Climate Fund, President François Hollande announced at the opening of a heads-of-state summit in New York on Tuesday.

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France will give the fund, which is being set up to help developing nations progress economically without contributing to global warming, one billion dollars, Hollande announced as the summit opened.

Few countries had committed themselves to donate to the fund before the meeting, leading to criticism that it might be forced to rely on cash from private sources.

The New York meeting, attended by 120 heads of state, is a preparatory one ahead of a conference scheduled to be held in Paris at the end of 2015.

Demonstrations calling for action on climate change took place in New York, Paris and many other cities around the world on Sunday.

Hollande was to meet Iranian President Hassan Rohani on the sidelines of the meeting, a French presidential statement said on Monday.

They were to discuss the crisis in Iraq, where the Islamic State armed group has seized much of the country after also taking control of parts of Syria.
 

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