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Norway's Prime Minister to lead UN climate group

Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg will succeed former UK prime minister Gordon Brown as co-chair of a U.N. group looking at ways to raise funds to help poor nations to combat climate.

In February, Brown, the then British prime minister, was named by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to co-chair the group of 19 leading experts with Ethiopian Premier Meles Zenawi. Stoltenberg, head of Norway's Labour Party, has been among members of the panel.

After Brown lost last month's election, the UN Secretary General has now appointed Stoltenberg as new co-chaair of the group, which is seeking ways of raising $100 billion a year from 2020 to help developing nations tackle global warming.

Asked by public broadcaster NRK, why he thought he had been appointed, Prime Minister Stoltenberg said: "Norway and I have worked on these questions for many years. I will spend considerable time on this, and I hope we may contribute towards reaching consencus and solutions."