LDC paper series updated

The LDC group’s series of papers on issues related to the UN climate change negotiations has been updated following the Warsaw Climate Change Conference.

Read more at the LDC paper series page.

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New LDC Group submission on ADP

Nepal on behalf of the Least Developed Countries Group has made a submission under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change on Views and proposals on the work of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP).

It is also available on this website’s submissions page.

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LDC group statement at closing of ADP 2-4

Fourth part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2-4),

Closing statement by Nepal on behalf of the Least Developed Countries Group

14 March 2014, Bonn, Germany

I have the privilege to speak on behalf of the Group of Least Developed Countries. We align ourselves with the statement made by Bolivia on behalf of the Group of G77 and China.

Co-Chairs, let me first highlight four elements we heard repeatedly this week:

  • We need to act urgently;
  • Our common goal should always remain achieving the ultimate objective of the Convention;
  • Through our work, we must collectively achieve a temperature goal that will avoid future catastrophic impacts; and
  • Success in this process cannot be achieved without what is currently lacking, i.e. leadership and proactive engagement by all Parties.

Co-Chairs, the LDC Group believes that the key elements of the Warsaw outcome on ADP Workstream 1 provide the basis for clear actions in 2014. These include:

  • The urgent call to accelerate the development of the 2015 Agreement, in particular through further elaboration of the elements for a draft negotiating text for consideration in Lima;
  • The call for collective initiation or intensification of national preparations;
  • The decision to initiate discussion on information that Parties need to put forward to enable all Parties to understand what they intend to contribute as their future commitments under the 2015 Agreement, and possibilities such a modality would offer for the upfront analysis of Parties’ future commitments. Read the rest of this entry »

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LDC group statement at opening of ADP 2-4

Fourth part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2-4)

Opening statement by Nepal on behalf of the Least Developed Countries Group 

10 March 2014, Bonn, Germany

Co-Chairs, distinguished delegates,

I have the honour to speak on behalf of the LDC Group. We associate with the statements made by Bolivia on behalf of G77 and China, Sudan on behalf of the Africa Group, and Nauru on behalf of the AOSIS.

We thank the Secretariat for the preparations made for this meeting and also thank the government and people of Germany for their warm hospitality as usual.

Co-Chairs, we congratulate you for your excellent work in Warsaw. We welcome all your efforts to keep us up-to-date and up-to-speed through informal, scenario and reflection notes. We also appreciate “the co-chairs corner” on the website informing us on your various inter-sessional activities. Read the rest of this entry »

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Press Release: The LDCs call for the inaugural meeting of the Year of ambition to be placed on a very high stand

10 March 2014
For immediate release

While the future of the planet and of its people is at stake, politicians, government officials and diplomats involved in the climate negotiations have been busy arguing over words, speeches and processes.

While the world continues to warm and heat waves and droughts intensify, Parties to the UNFCCC seem to have regressed in their ambition to adopt strong, but beneficial measures.

While the science tells us we can still avoid the most dangerous changes through real ambitious actions it also tells us that the time is running out. Instead of facing this challenge, the international negotiations seem to be relegated to fighting over fragmented and ineffective solutions through isolated, independent and disconnected actions.

Mr. Prakash Mathema, the Chair of the group says- “We all have invested a lot of time and resources in this process and the efforts that we have put together for many years rightly deserve to achieve concrete outcomes that can effectively address this urgent issue of global warming. Any delay in global climate action will lead to greater adverse effects, increased needs for adaptation as well as more serious residual and permanent loss and damage in the least developed countries – and other vulnerable countries. The most rational way to move ahead is to acknowledge the scientific evidence and act accordingly. That evidence tells us we must act fast.” Read the rest of this entry »

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The LDC Group at COP 19: Expectations and Outcomes

The LDC Group actively participated in the 19th UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP 19), which took place during November 2013 in Warsaw, Poland. The outcomes of Warsaw, adopted in the negotiation’s final hours, include a set of 34 decisions. As the adopted decisions largely do not reflect the expectations of the Group, the LDCs call upon their fellow nations to continue work in the spirit of urgency.

Warsaw National Stadium

In his opening statement, the Chair of the LDC Group detailed four expectations for the package of decisions to be adopted at COP 19. Read the rest of this entry »

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LDC group statement at high-level segment of COP 19

High-level Segment of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP 19/CMP 9

Statement by Nepal on behalf of the Least Developed Countries Group

19 November 2013, Warsaw, Poland

Mr. President,
Your Excellency, Donald Tusk, Prime Minister of Poland,
Your Excellency, Mr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of Tanzania,
Your Excellency, Dr. John Ashe, President of the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly,
Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations,
Honourable Ministers,
Distinguished delegates,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

Nepal has the honour to make this statement on behalf of the Group of 49 Least Developed Countries, spread over three continents and comprising nearly a billion people, including the weakest and the most vulnerable, having to bear the most disproportionate and existential threats of climate change.

I would like to associate my statement with the statement made by the Honourable Minister of Fiji on behalf of the Group of 77 and China.

Mr. President, I wish to begin by congratulating you on your assumption of the Presidency of the UNFCCC COP19/CMP9 and assuring you of our support to your important task of achieving meaningful outcome in Warsaw. I also take this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation to the Government of Poland for the warm hospitality extended to all our delegates.

Mr. President, science is absolutely clear, now more than ever. The human-induced climate change has increased global temperature provoking heat extremes, lowering precipitation and causing higher aridity. It has melted glaciers, raised sea levels, and brought about more extreme and erratic weather events. The IPCC and other scientific data warn that there may be worse ahead if we do not act now the way we should.

Even while meeting here this month, we witnessed the excruciating impacts of the Typhoon Haiyan. We deeply sympathize with the people of the Philippines and other countries impacted by this typhoon. Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims of this and several other tragedies happening around the world every day. Read the rest of this entry »

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