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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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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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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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