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Brian Feagans, CARE,, +1.404.979.9453, +1.404.457.4644

Statement from CARE's Dr. Gayle on Outcome at Copenhagen


CARE President and CEO Dr. Helene D. Gayle released the
following statement after the conclusion of the U.N. Convention on
Climate Change in Copenhagen.

''For poor people struggling to
adapt to climate change and fighting to preserve forests, the promise
of Copenhagen was as a conference of commitments. And indeed there were
some historic -- though far from sufficient --first steps. Heading into
2010, the urgent challenge for world leaders and bodies such as the
U.S. Senate is to finish the deal, push beyond 'should' and 'would' and
give the world what it desperately needs: political 'will'. Until then,
people whose very lives depend on fast action are no better off and
Copenhagen remains a promise half-fulfilled.''

CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. We place special focus on working alongside poor women because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. Women are at the heart of CARE's community-based efforts to improve basic education, prevent the spread of HIV, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity and protect natural resources. CARE also delivers emergency aid to survivors of war and natural disasters, and helps people rebuild their lives.