LDC Strategy Meeting held in conjunction with SBI/SBSTA 40 and ADP 2-5

LDC Group Chair Mr. Prakash Mathema (Nepal) convened a Strategy Meeting on 8 June 2014 (Bonn, Germany), to take stock of progress of ongoing discussions in the SBI/SBSTA-40 and ADP-2-5 and further develop LDC positions. In attendance were the Group’s Core Team members and other key negotiators.

Major points covered at the meeting included the scope and nature of the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions, and the overall 2015 Agreement including its legal nature. Participants spoke about the inclusion of adaptation in the Agreement as critical. Discussions equally touched upon the financial architecture of the future climate regime, and key issues for LDCs in this regard – including the question of the future of the Least Developed Countries Fund. The topics of technology development and transfer as well as capacity building also came under discussion. Finally, participants deliberated about how to further strengthen Group coordination in the various negotiation streams.

Overall, the feedback from the Strategy Meeting was positive.

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Press release: The LDC Group calls for the foundations of the Paris agreement to be agreed in Lima

17 June 2014: Bonn, Germany

UN climate change negotiations concluded today after two weeks of discussions in Bonn, Germany. Central to the talks was the continuing dialogue on establishing a universal, legally-binding agreement on climate change. From the outset, the Chair of the Least Developed Countries Group, Mr. Prakash Mathema, stressed that substantial progress was needed to ensure that a legal agreement is reached in Paris, December 2015. As talks suspend, Mathema notes progress but warns that time is running out.

Mathema emphasized the need to get to work when talks commence in October this year. “We hope that we will advance on elements for a draft negotiating text to be agreed in the major climate change meeting later this year in Lima, Peru. This means that the coming months of climate change talks are critical. We cannot be delayed by procedural discussions. We must put our heads together and start drafting the new agreement.”

All Parties are requested to come forward by the first quarter of 2015 with substantive proposals on how they will contribute to the 2015 agreement. “The LDC Group appreciates the efforts that Parties are undertaking to ensure climate change is adequately and urgently addressed. We welcome the progress made here in Bonn for advancing work on both process and substance towards this goal, but we must do more. We have only 18 months left before we must adopt the agreement, which is a very little time in the international negotiation processes” says Mathema.

He also said that Parties must meet three milestones in Lima, in order to be able to adopt the new Agreement in Paris:

“A decision defining the information nations should present when putting forward their contributions to the 2015 climate agreement; a decision defining the key elements that the agreement should include; and a mandate to negotiate the new agreement within the strongest legal form possible and to be adopted by Parties in Paris”. He also indicates that meeting these milestones will give the poorest and most vulnerable nations some assurance that we are on the right path to address climate impacts effectively. Mathema reminded all, “reaching a strong conclusion in Paris is crucial for us; it is about the very survival of our communities and future generations. If there is no progress, we stand to lose the most.”

The UN climate change negotiations will recommence on 20th October in Bonn, Germany.

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LDC Group statement at closing of SBSTA 40

Fortieth session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 40)

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

15 June 2014, Bonn, Germany

Mr. Chair and distinguished delegates, Nepal has the honour to speak on behalf of the Group of 48 Least Developed Countries. I would like to associate myself with the statement made by Bolivia on behalf of G77 and China, Sudan on behalf of the Africa Group, and Nauru on behalf of the Alliance of Small Island States.

The LDCs would like to thank all the Parties involved in the Agriculture negotiations for successful conclusion. We believe that we should do more to combat the impacts of climate change and climate variability so that our smallholder farmers can be less impacted. For our group, food security should be the top priority for all and we look forward to a fruitful outcome of the four up-coming in-session workshops on Agriculture.

The operationalization of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage is fundamental for the LDCs, and we welcome the exchanges held during this session. We reiterate that the mechanism must address the concrete needs of our people. So we call for expediting the necessary arrangements for responding to the expectation of the vulnerable developing countries. Read the rest of this entry »

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LDC Group statement at closing of SBI 40

Fortieth session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 40)

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

15 June 2014, Bonn, Germany

Mr. Chair and distinguished delegates, Nepal has the honour to speak on behalf of the LDC Group. I would like to associate myself with the statement made by Bolivia on behalf of G77 and China, Nauru on behalf of the Alliance of Small Island States and the statement to be made by Sudan on behalf of the Africa Group.

Mr. Chair, for the LDCs, adaptation to the adverse impacts of climate change is critical. The provision of adequate and predictable support to “formulate and implement national adaptation plans” will be key to protect lives and livelihoods in the LDCs. We look forward to a decision on “Implementation of NAPs” at COP20. But, there is still a lot of work to be done in Lima.

We also look forward to the information paper to be prepared by the LEG and Adaptation Committee, which we expect will increase the understanding of the “gaps and needs” of LDCs in implementing NAPs. We also look forward to the NAP Expo to be held in August this year and we call for support for adequate participation of LDCs at this important event. Read the rest of this entry »

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LDC Group statement at opening of SBSTA 40

Fortieth session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 40)

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

6 June 2014, Bonn, Germany

Thank you Chair. Good afternoon colleagues. I have the privilege to speak on behalf of the LDC Group. I would like to align my statement with the statement made by Bolivia on behalf of G77 and China.

Allow me first to congratulate you on your appointment as the chair of this important body. Congratulations on your appointment!

Chair, SBSTA plays a significant role as the link between the technological and scientific advice and the policy-oriented needs of the COP/CMP. In the wake of the latest IPCC findings and the processes we have initiated for the future global climate change regime, we believe that provision of timely information and advice on scientific and technological matters are extremely important for this process.

We think that we made significant progress in Warsaw on many issues, but more work is still needed on some. And we need to conduct our deliberations as efficiently as possible and optimize the time for formal and informal negotiations. Read the rest of this entry »

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LDC Group statement at opening of ADP 2-5

Fifth meeting of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2-5)

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

4 June 2014, Bonn, Germany

Co-Chairs, I have the honour to speak on behalf of the LDC Group. I would like to align my statement with the statements made by Bolivia on behalf of G77 and China, by Sudan on behalf of the Africa Group, and by Nauru on behalf of AOSIS.

At the outset allow me to thank you for your continued efforts and commitment to leading this process forward, as demonstrated by your reflection and scenario notes. The LDC Group has every confidence in your leadership and we are prepared to maintain our high level of engagement in this process.

Co-Chairs, the LDC Group believes that a successful outcome in 2015 is possible. In this critical stage of negotiations it is important for all Parties to redouble their efforts for ambition and constructive engagement. We are encouraged by the efforts countries have taken to raise climate change in their governments’ agenda.

In this regard, we welcome the most recent announcement from the USA to reduce emissions from existing power plants. The LDC Group views this action as really constructive first step. This proposal, whilst very useful, does not yet lead the USA on a pathway towards achieving their goal of reducing emissions 80% by 2050 nor on a 2°C pathway leading towards the 1.5 degree target as called for by the LDCs, SIDS and Africa. We look forward to further developments in US policies as we progress toward the adoption of the 2015 agreement. Read the rest of this entry »

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LDC Group statement at opening of SBI 40

Fortieth session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 40)

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

4 June 2014, Bonn, Germany

Thank you, Chair. I have the honour to speak on behalf of the LDC Group. We associate this statement with the statement made by Bolivia on behalf of the G77 and China, and the statements to be made by Sudan on behalf of the African Group of Negotiators, and Nauru on behalf of the Alliance of Small Island States.

Chair, we would like to congratulate you on your election as the Chair of this important body. Our group stands ready to work constructively under your leadership during this session. We hope that the important agenda items under SBI will get sufficient time for discussion.

We would also like to thank you, the Secretariat, the city of Bonn as well as the Government of Germany for the excellent arrangement made for the 40th session of the SBI.

Chair, on matters relating to LDCs, we would like to flag the need for a decision to enable the full implementation of all the remaining elements of the LDC work programme. We ask for due consideration of the recommendations provided by the LEG on its reports for the implementation of the LDC work programme, in particular implementation of the NAPAs as well as of the remaining elements of the work programme. Read the rest of this entry »

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