LDC Group statement at closing of COP 20

Closing of the Twentieth Session of the Conference of Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 20)

Statement by Nepal on behalf of the Least Developed Countries Group 

14 December 2014, Lima, Peru

Mr. President, I have the honour to speak on behalf of the Group of Least Developed Countries.

Mr. President, allow me to congratulate you for bringing this COP to an end.

The LDC Group welcomes the COP decision on the approval of initial two-year workplan of the Executive Committee (ExCom) of the Warsaw International Mechanism (WIM) for loss and damage associated with climate change impacts. We believe that the two-year workplan will initiate the process for the implementation of the functions of the mechanism.

The LDC Group also welcomes the decision for finalizing the permanent structure and composition of the Executive Committee for the WIM. We urge Parties to expedite the nomination of the membership so that the ExCom can start its work by the first quarter of next year to implement the functions of this mechanism. The LDC Group looks forward to the prioritization of the means of implementation and issues related to rehabilitation, risk transfer and climate migration in the days to come. Read the rest of this entry »

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Press release: LDCs welcome Ministers to Lima, implore hastened talks

Lima, 12 December 2014: After two weeks of intense negotiations at the UN climate change conference, the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Group hopes that the arrival of Ministers has injected much needed guidance to the discussion which has seen only sluggish progress so far. The LDC Group has been updating its Ministers on the progress of negotiations so far.

The Chair of the LDC Group, Mr Ram Prasad Lamsal of Nepal said: “The LDCs are still working towards our common goal with a strong, fighting spirit to ensure that we make substantial progress on the last day. We welcome our Ministers to the conference. They have been engaging with equal fervency, bringing to the forefront the extreme vulnerability of our countries.”

The first week of negotiations saw many hours spent on issues regarding ways of working rather than substantive aspects of the new agreement to be adopted next year in Paris.

Not forgetting the urgency of adopting key decisions in Lima to lay the foundations for 2015, the LDCs were keen to unlock the gridlocked talks. Read the rest of this entry »

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LDC Group statement at closing of SBSTA 41

Closing of forty-first session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 41)

Statement by Nepal on behalf of the Least Developed Countries Group

6 December 2014, Lima, Peru

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 my statement to the statement made by Bolivia on behalf of G77 and China.

As LDCs are already the victims of climate change impacts, we cannot afford to take further risk. As evidenced by the IPCC AR5, the LDCs are proposing that the threshold for limiting the average temperature rise to below 1.5°C compared to pre-industrial levels is essential to limit “dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system”.

The LDC Group notes that the Structured Expert Dialogue demonstrated the technical feasibility of achieving the 1.5°C target. Based on the findings of the Structured Expert Dialogue, we are requesting immediate reductions in global emissions of greenhouse gases, and immediate investment in technologies which would create negative emission trajectories. We suggest the IPCC takes into account this level in its next report. Read the rest of this entry »

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LDC Group statement at closing of SBI 41

Closing of the forty-first session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 41)

Statement by Nepal on behalf of the Least Developed Countries Group

5 December 2014, Lima, Peru

Mr. Chair and distinguished delegates, Nepal has the honour to speak on behalf of the LDC Group.

Chair, for the LDC Group, adaptation is of the utmost priority. Here in Lima, we made some progress in our process for National Adaptation Plans (NAPs). We all recognised that the process to formulate and implement NAPs is fundamental to reducing vulnerability to climate change, and have agreed that the National Adaptation Plan is an important vehicle in this process.

We look forward to further enhancing the ways to communicate and report adaptation needs to the Convention process. We also call for adequate support for the formulation and implementation of NAPs.

Chair, the LDC Group welcomes the Second Review of the Adaptation Fund (AF). We are deeply concerned about the sustainability of the AF. The decreasing prices of Certified Emissions Reductions have led to insufficient and unreliable funding for the AF, threatening the capacity of the fund to continue its operation. Read the rest of this entry »

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LDC Group statement at opening of ADP 2-7

Seventh meeting of the Second Session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2-7)

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

2 December 2014, Lima, Peru

Co-chairs, I have the honour to speak on behalf of the LDC Group. I would like to associate my statement with the statement made by Bolivia on behalf of the Group of 77 and China, by Sudan on behalf of the African Group and by Nauru on behalf of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS).

Co-chairs, I will address the elements related to both content and process in my intervention.

As indicated by the 5th assessment report of the IPCC, greenhouse gas emissions concentrations in the atmosphere are now the highest, they have ever been, and are continuing to rise. We have reached a point where we are already experiencing impacts that cannot be reversed.

Mr. Co-chairs, is this context, a successful climate deal in Paris must engage Parties in Lima working towards the adoption of a protocol, with most ambitious emission reduction targets, that addresses adaptation, Loss and Damage, means of implantation, transparency of action and support. Read the rest of this entry »

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LDC Chair tells RTCC: Lima climate talks “a matter of survival” for world’s poorest

LDC Group Chair Mr. Ram Prasad Lamsal is quoted in an RTCC article on how LDCs need the rich to make deeper emissions cuts for their survival.

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Press release: LDCs urge strong action in Lima ahead of Paris 2015

Lima, 2 December 2014: Following a year of ambitious and determined action from the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), the group calls on the delegates of the 20th Conference of the Parties (COP20) to make significant progress in Lima in advancing the elements of the new climate Agreement’s text.

The Chair of the LDC Group, Mr. Ram Prasad Lamsal of Nepal said: “In recent months, we have seen LDCs make ambitious climate pledges in New York, the EU’s 2030 agreement to reduce emissions by at least 40% in Bonn, the bilateral agreement between the US and China on mitigation targets at the G20 summit in Brisbane and a series of encouraging finance pledges to the Green Climate Fund (GCF). Now, with just 30 negotiation days left until Paris 2015, we urge Parties to seize the opportunity in Lima to pave the way for the Paris Agreement and ratify the second commitment of the Kyoto Protocol.”

Mr. Lamsal added, “The findings of the recent reports of the IPCC called for the world to move towards an ambitious approach to tackle the threats posed by climate change. Parties must deliver prompt action.” Read the rest of this entry »

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