UN energy chief urges UK to maintain climate funds

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Rachel Kyte says world needs an active and generous Britain to solve myriad of development and climate problems

Meenakshi Dewan has been trained in solar power engineering by the Orissa Tribal Empowerment and Livelihoods Programme (OTELP), an organisation funded by DFID (Pic: Dfid) Meenakshi Dewan has been trained in solar power engineering by the Orissa Tribal Empowerment and Livelihoods Programme (OTELP), an organisation funded by DFID (Pic: Dfid)

The UN’s top energy official has urged Britain’s new government to remain “open and outward looking” and maintain its development budget commitments.

Rachel Kyte, chief executive of the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative said the UK still had a critical global role to play despite a vote to leave the EU.

“Multilateralism is the cheapest most effective way to get things done – and we know that if people are not lifted up in their own economies there will be greater movements of people,” she said.

“It would be absurd to turn in on ourself and stop investing in the rest of the world and…

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