CTCN ‘Request Incubator Programme’ for LDCs

The Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) is mandated by the UNFCCC to facilitate the transfer of climate technologies in developing countries at their request.

This draft concept note (PDF) proposes to provide tailored support to Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in identifying their climate technology priorities and submitting sound requests to the CTCN, in line with their national priorities. The programme will help LDCs access CTCN technical services to accelerate the diffusion of environmentally sound technologies in the countries.

The CTCN Director wants to start the programme as soon as possible (before Lima) and is waiting for requests from LDCs’ National Designated Entities (NDEs).

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LDC Group statement at closing of ADP 2-6

Sixth meeting of the Second Session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2-6)

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

25 October 2014, Bonn, Germany

Co-chairs, I have the honour to deliver this statement on behalf of the Least Developed Countries Group. The Group wishes to highlight three points on the way forward.

First, we believe this session has been a good opportunity for Parties to enhance their understanding of one another’s perspectives. We are encouraged that Parties are starting to consider middle-ground possibilities on issues of high importance; in particular, those that relate to the elements of the draft negotiation text, the intended nationally determined contributions and related upfront information. This reflects a common acknowledgement by Parties that we must make urgent and substantial progress in the negotiations. This is not least to respect the highly constrained timeline we have agreed to.

Second, and related to what I have just stated, we must consider the elements of the draft negotiating text at COP-20 in Lima. This is absolutely critical because, as you have rightly reminded us from the beginning of this session, the draft negotiating text must be prepared and distributed to Parties by May 2015 in all UN languages. In order to respect agreed deadlines, the Group believes it is high time to shift into a higher gear, and move into a negotiation mode of work as soon as possible. Co-chairs, we look forward to the revised version of the elements text which we believe will further streamline options based on progress we made so far, and the submissions Parties may send before Lima.

Finally, co-chairs, the LDC Group reiterates that a more focused discussion on the elements of the draft negotiation text is necessary. This discussion will help us arrive at an outcome that will move us closer to having a draft negotiating text ready by April next year. On this note, we feel it is important to underline again that all elements of the draft negotiation text are of equal importance, and therefore need proper and balanced treatment.

We thank you, co-chairs, for your leadership in facilitating our work and all colleagues for your efforts and positive spirit.

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Entretien avec EurActiv: les pays les plus pauvres ont le plus à perdre en cas d’échec des négociations sur le climat

Prakash Mathema, président du groupe des pays les moins développés, en entretien avec EurActiv, estime que la conférence sur le climat de Paris ne sera couronnée de succès que si la vulnérabilité des pays les plus pauvres est prise en compte.

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Interview with EurActiv: Poorest countries have the most to lose at UN climate talks

LDC Group Chair Mr. Prakash Mathema has been interviewed by EurActiv on how an ambitious outcome at the 2015 Paris UN summit can only be reached if the vulnerability of the poorest countries to climate change impacts is taken into consideration.

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New LDC Group submission on ADP

Nepal on behalf of the Least Developed Countries Group has made a submission to the UNFCCC on ADP.

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

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Press release: Least Developed Countries set bar for ambitious climate action

Bonn, 20 October 2014: Following the bold pledges made by leaders of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) at the UN Climate Summit in September, the LDC Group expects others to scale up ambition and leadership on climate change in line with, or more strongly than the LDCs.

The Chair of the LDCs Group at UN climate change negotiations, Mr. Prakash Mathema of Nepal, and other representatives of the forty-eight poorest and most vulnerable countries of the world have arrived in Bonn for the UN climate change talks, to build on this momentum. The Group’s objective is to ensure that global response addresses the needs of their countries’ populations, who are the hardest hit by adverse effects of climate change.

Mathema said: “Last month’s Climate Summit, convened by the UN Secretary General in New York, injected new energy into the global climate change decision-making process. We not only saw more than hundred heads of state or government come together to discuss climate change, but also over three hundred thousand people around the world showing that they are paying close attention to this process and demanding concrete climate action from their governments.” Read the rest of this entry »

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LDC Group statement at opening of ADP 2-6

Sixth meeting of the Second Session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2-6)

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

20 October 2014, Bonn, Germany

Co-chairs, Minister Pulgar-Vidal, Madam Executive Secretary and colleagues, 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.

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

We are grateful for your continued efforts to keep us up-to-date throughout the inter-session period. The documents prepared by you have been very useful, and will help us to progress here in Bonn and in Lima.

This October ADP meeting plays a decisive role in our work towards the 2015 agreement. During the next six days, we have to discuss issues of upmost importance related to both the pre-2020 and post-2020 negotiation processes. Parties should build upon commonalities and work towards narrowing divergent views. Therefore, we urge all Parties to make the best use of the time available at this session. Read the rest of this entry »

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