POZNAN, Poland (AP) -- Delegates at a U.N. climate conference say they have agreed to unblock millions of dollars to help poor countries cope with the effects of climate change.
The agreement was one of the main achievements of negotiators who hope to agree on a new climate change treaty by next December.
Mozaharul Alam of Bangladesh says government ministers have recognized the legal right to operate a climate change fund that now has about $60 million.
Until now, the fund could not operate because its board had no right to sign contracts.
Alam said Friday it could still take up to a year before money is distributed to poor nations.
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