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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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LDC group statement at closing of SBSTA 39

Closing of the thirty-ninth session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 39)

Statement by Nepal on behalf of the Least Developed Countries Group

16 November 2013, Warsaw, Poland

Mr Chair, I have the honour to speak on behalf of the LDC Group. I would like to associate myself with the statements made by Fiji on behalf of G77 and China, by Nauru on behalf of AOSIS, and by Swaziland of behalf of the Africa Group.

First of all, let me congratulate you and thank you for your hard work during this session. We would also like to thank all the facilitators and the Secretariat for the many long hours they have endured in the course of the past week.

Mr Chair, it is gratifying to note that SBSTA conclusions on the Nairobi Work Programme have been adopted, and that a draft decision is being forwarded to the COP for adoption here in Warsaw. The draft decision specifies issues that are relevant to the livelihoods of people in developing countries, particularly in the LDCs. Now we look forward to the review of the work of the Nairobi Work Programme in future.   Read the rest of this entry »

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LDC group statement at closing of SBI 39

Closing of the thirty-ninth session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 39)

Statement by Nepal on behalf of the Least Developed Countries Group  

16 November 2013, Warsaw, Poland

Mr Chair, Nepal has the honour to speak on behalf of the Group of 49 least developed countries. I would like to associate myself with the statement made by Fiji on behalf of G77 and China, Swaziland on behalf of the Africa Group, and Nauru on behalf of the Alliance of Small Island States.

Mr Chair, the LDCs left Doha with a strong hope of seeing the launch of the Warsaw international mechanism on loss and damage. It is really disconcerting and discouraging to witness the reluctance of some negotiating partners going back on the decision we agreed after long and difficult negotiation hours in Doha.

We have not finalized the negotiations on loss and damage. The LDCs would like to request the SBI to extend and give more time for Parties to negotiate until the final draft is ready for submission to the COP. The LDCs call for a clear decision on loss and damage as mandated by COP18. We are ready to continue negotiations on this issue in a constructive manner. Read the rest of this entry »

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LDC group statement at opening of ADP 2-3

Third part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2-3)

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

12 November 2013, Warsaw, Poland

Co-Chairs, Excellencies and distinguished delegates,

I have the honour to speak on behalf of the Group of LDCs. Our Group associates itself with the statements made by Fiji on behalf of G77 and China, by Swaziland on behalf of the Africa Group, and by Nauru on behalf of the AOSIS.

First of all, I would like to congratulate both of you on your election as Co-chairs of the ADP. We believe that under your able leadership, ADP will deliver concrete outcomes here in Warsaw.

I thank you and the Secretariat for the preparations made for this meeting. Thank you also for the two technical papers, the overview of institutions, mechanisms and arrangements under the Convention, as well as your scenario note.

As you mentioned in your message, we fully agree with you that the ADP has laid a strong foundation and we are now ready to shift gears, moving on from developing and understanding the concepts to defining the content of the 2015 agreement and achieving concrete results on pre-2020 ambition. Read the rest of this entry »

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LDC group statement at opening of SBSTA 39

Opening of the thirty-ninth session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 39)

Statement by Nepal on behalf of the Least Developed Countries Group 

11 November 2013, Warsaw, Poland

Mr. Chair and distinguished delegates,

I have the honour to speak on behalf of the LDC Group. The LDC group associates itself with the statements made by Fiji on behalf of G77 and China, Swaziland on behalf of the Africa Group, and the statement to be made by Nauru on behalf of AOSIS.

First of all, let me congratulate you, the coordinators as well as the co-chairs for various reports and the secretariat for the hard work with which you have prepared for this session. The progress reports, compilation of information and other various reports on different agenda items were indeed very helpful for our preparation for this session.

Chair, there are numerous issues of paramount importance to our Group that are being dealt under SBSTA. For example, issues related to Agriculture, Adaptation Committee and technology mechanism are key focus areas for us. Work on the 2013-2015 review, Nairobi Work Programme and methodological issues related to REDD+ and the Kyoto Protocol are also key areas that our Group closely follows. Read the rest of this entry »

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LDC group statement at opening of CMP 9

Opening of the ninth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 9)

Statement by Nepal on behalf of the Least Developed Countries Group

11 November 2013, Warsaw, Poland

Mr. President,

I have the honour to speak on behalf of the LDC Group.

I would like to align this statement with the statement made by Fiji on behalf of the G77 and China, by Nauru on behalf of AOSIS, and the statement to be made by Swaziland on behalf of the Africa Group.

Mr. President, climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time and represents an urgent and unalterable threat to human societies and the planet. The IPCC confirmed in the recent report of Working Group 1 the general scientific consensus that the atmosphere and ocean have warmed and sea level has risen.

Mr. President, we note with great concern that inadequate mitigation pledges, notably by Annex I Parties under the Cancun Decisions, risk an increase in global average temperature. This increase far exceeds 2 degrees Celsius, and may be as much as 4.8 degrees Celsius, with catastrophic impacts worldwide. As LDCs, with high vulnerability to the impacts of climate change and low adaptive capacity, we cannot even imagine the devastating scenario. Read the rest of this entry »

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LDC group statement at opening of SBI 39

Opening of the thirty-ninth session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 39)

Statement by Nepal on behalf of the Least Developed Countries Group

11 November 2013, Warsaw, Poland

Mr. Chair and distinguished delegates,

I have the honour to speak on behalf of the LDC Group. I align this statement with the statement made by Fiji on behalf of G77 and China, by Nauru on behalf of AOSIS and by Swaziland of behalf of the Africa Group.

This 39th session of SBI is of utmost importance for the LDC Group. We need to make progress on various agenda items such as loss and damage, matters related to LDCs, the mandate of the CGE on national communication for Non Annex I parties, finance and National Adaptation Plans (NAPs). All of these need urgent and serious consideration.

Chair, LDCs cannot step back from our position for the establishment of an International Mechanism on Loss and Damage and agreeing on its function and modalities. We have also called for continuation of the Work Programme on Loss and Damage, and to identify other relevant activities. The LDC Group has clear ideas on how such a mechanism can best work for the most vulnerable countries, and we look forward to further discussions on this matter during this section. Read the rest of this entry »

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