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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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LDC Chair’s statement at 46th GEF/LDCF Council Meeting

46th Global Environment Facility/Least Developed Countries Fund Council Meeting

Statement by the Chair of the Least Developed Countries Group 

25-27 May 2014, Cancún, Mexico

Madam Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer,
Council members,
Representatives of GEF Implementing Agencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,

I have the honour to speak on behalf of the Least Developed Countries Group (LDC Group) representing 48 countries that are the most vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change.

I would like to begin by thanking the CEO and Council members of GEF for their continued dedication to the functioning of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF). As the fund is dedicated to addressing the special needs of the LDCs under the UN Climate Change Convention, the Fund’s smooth operation is of particular importance to the LDCs.

Madam Chairperson, in November 2013, the LDC Group congratulated Equatorial Guinea on submission of its National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA). Equatorial Guinea’s submission concludes the NAPA preparation process for all LDC Parties except South Sudan, the newest addition to the LDC category. The LDCs are greatly encouraged by the progress of its members in identifying the urgent and immediate adaptation needs of our vulnerable communities. We now look to GEF to support the full implementation of our NAPAs through the LDCF. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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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,
Excellencies,
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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LDC group statement at closing plenary of COP 19

Closing Plenary of the Nineteenth Session of the Conference of Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 19)

Statement by Nepal on behalf of the Least Developed Countries Group

23 November 2013, Warsaw, Poland

Mr. President,

Nepal has the honour to speak on behalf of the Least Developed Countries, a group of 49 states that are among the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

We associate ourselves with the statements made by Fiji on behalf of the Group of 77 and China, by Nauru on behalf of the Alliance of Small Islands States, and the statement to be made by Swaziland on behalf of the African Group.

Mr. President, once again, let me thank you for your leadership and congratulate you on a job well done. We also thank the UNFCCC Secretariat and all the facilitators for their hard work. We also thank you for maintaining transparency as we requested at the beginning of this COP. We thank all the Parties who worked hard in the spirit of compromise and flexibility during the past two weeks.

Mr. President, at the opening of this COP, the LDC Group stated that we saw COP 19 as a stepping-stone to urgently needed mitigation action, for finance, for loss and damage as well as paving the way to Paris where the world expects to agree on a new agreement. Read the rest of this entry »

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