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Germany's Merkel calls for G7 to throw weight behind $100 billion climate fund at summit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for the beginning of German government's weekly cabinet meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, June 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for the beginning of German government's weekly cabinet meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, June 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)  (The Associated Press)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is calling for the Group of Seven industrial powers to throw their weight behind a long-standing pledge to seek $100 billion to help poor countries tackle climate change.

Merkel, who hosts the G-7 summit starting Sunday, cautioned against comparing the meeting with full-fledged climate negotiations but said the world's leading industrial powers should send a signal ahead of a climate conference in Paris in December.

Governments agreed in Copenhagen in 2009 to seek a total of $100 billion from public and private investors over several years for measures to rein in climate change and dampen its impact.

Merkel said in a video message Saturday it's important to have a "confirmation of this 100 billion fund" from the G-7, though detailed financing pledges will be made elsewhere.