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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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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 Group statement at opening of SBI 41

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

Statement by Nepal on behalf of the Least Developed Countries Group

1 December 2014, Lima, Peru

Mr. Chairman and distinguished delegates, good afternoon. Nepal has the honour to speak on behalf of the LDC Group. I would like to associate myself with the statements made by Bolivia on behalf of G77 and China.

Mr. Chair, from the outset, allow me to thank you for the various reports, analysis and compilation of information you have made available on different agenda items under the SBI. The LDCs have full confidence in your chairmanship of this important body, and believe that our discussions will reach to the best possible outcomes.

Mr. Chair, on matters relating to LDCs, we would like to flag the need for a decision to enable the full implementation of all elements of the LDC work programme. We would like to ask for due consideration of recommendations provided by the Least Developed Countries Expert Group in its reports. We would also urge Parties to replenish the LDC Fund to support our countries in the implementation of our National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs) and the formulation of our National Plans of Action (NAPs) in a timely manner. Read the rest of this entry »

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LDC Group statement at opening of SBSTA 41

Opening of the 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

1 December 2014, Lima, Peru

Mr. Chair, I have the honour to speak on behalf of the LDC Group. We would like to associate ourselves with the statements made by Bolivia on behalf of G77 and China, by Sudan on behalf of the Africa Group.

Let me begin by thanking you for issuing the information note on SBSTA 41. As the note rightly says, 2014 marks significant scientific findings such as those identified by the Fifth Assessment Report of the IPCC which clearly states that if deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions are not made there will be severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts on people and ecosystems. It is the poorest and most vulnerable countries, such as the LDCs, that will suffer the most from these impacts. Read the rest of this entry »

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LDC Group statement at opening of COP 20

Opening Plenary 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

1 December 2014, Lima, Peru

Mr. President, I have the honour to speak on behalf of the Group of Least Developed Countries, the 48 poorest and most vulnerable countries which contribute least to the problem, yet suffer the most.

We would like to associate this statement with the statements delivered by Bolivia on behalf of the Group of 77 and China.

At the outset, allow me to congratulate you on your election as the President of the 20th Conference of the Parties and 10th Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of Parties to the Kyoto Protocol. Allow me also to take the opportunity to express my congratulations and sincere thanks through you, to the Government and people of Peru for the warm welcome and hospitality accorded to us. We are equally thankful to the Secretariat for their untiring efforts and excellent work in arranging this conference.

Mr. President, climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time and represents an urgent and unalterable threat to human societies. Read the rest of this entry »

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