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Press release: LDCs welcome Ministers to Lima, implore hastened talks

Lima, 12 December 2014: After two weeks of intense negotiations at the UN climate change conference, the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Group hopes that the arrival of Ministers has injected much needed guidance to the discussion which has seen only sluggish progress so far. The LDC Group has been updating its Ministers on the progress of negotiations so far.

The Chair of the LDC Group, Mr Ram Prasad Lamsal of Nepal said: “The LDCs are still working towards our common goal with a strong, fighting spirit to ensure that we make substantial progress on the last day. We welcome our Ministers to the conference. They have been engaging with equal fervency, bringing to the forefront the extreme vulnerability of our countries.”

The first week of negotiations saw many hours spent on issues regarding ways of working rather than substantive aspects of the new agreement to be adopted next year in Paris.

Not forgetting the urgency of adopting key decisions in Lima to lay the foundations for 2015, the LDCs were keen to unlock the gridlocked talks. Read the rest of this entry »

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Press release: LDCs urge strong action in Lima ahead of Paris 2015

Lima, 2 December 2014: Following a year of ambitious and determined action from the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), the group calls on the delegates of the 20th Conference of the Parties (COP20) to make significant progress in Lima in advancing the elements of the new climate Agreement’s text.

The Chair of the LDC Group, Mr. Ram Prasad Lamsal of Nepal said: “In recent months, we have seen LDCs make ambitious climate pledges in New York, the EU’s 2030 agreement to reduce emissions by at least 40% in Bonn, the bilateral agreement between the US and China on mitigation targets at the G20 summit in Brisbane and a series of encouraging finance pledges to the Green Climate Fund (GCF). Now, with just 30 negotiation days left until Paris 2015, we urge Parties to seize the opportunity in Lima to pave the way for the Paris Agreement and ratify the second commitment of the Kyoto Protocol.”

Mr. Lamsal added, “The findings of the recent reports of the IPCC called for the world to move towards an ambitious approach to tackle the threats posed by climate change. Parties must deliver prompt action.” Read the rest of this entry »

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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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Press release: The LDC Group calls for the foundations of the Paris agreement to be agreed in Lima

17 June 2014: Bonn, Germany

UN climate change negotiations concluded today after two weeks of discussions in Bonn, Germany. Central to the talks was the continuing dialogue on establishing a universal, legally-binding agreement on climate change. From the outset, the Chair of the Least Developed Countries Group, Mr. Prakash Mathema, stressed that substantial progress was needed to ensure that a legal agreement is reached in Paris, December 2015. As talks suspend, Mathema notes progress but warns that time is running out.

Mathema emphasized the need to get to work when talks commence in October this year. “We hope that we will advance on elements for a draft negotiating text to be agreed in the major climate change meeting later this year in Lima, Peru. This means that the coming months of climate change talks are critical. We cannot be delayed by procedural discussions. We must put our heads together and start drafting the new agreement.”

All Parties are requested to come forward by the first quarter of 2015 with substantive proposals on how they will contribute to the 2015 agreement. “The LDC Group appreciates the efforts that Parties are undertaking to ensure climate change is adequately and urgently addressed. We welcome the progress made here in Bonn for advancing work on both process and substance towards this goal, but we must do more. We have only 18 months left before we must adopt the agreement, which is a very little time in the international negotiation processes” says Mathema.

He also said that Parties must meet three milestones in Lima, in order to be able to adopt the new Agreement in Paris:

“A decision defining the information nations should present when putting forward their contributions to the 2015 climate agreement; a decision defining the key elements that the agreement should include; and a mandate to negotiate the new agreement within the strongest legal form possible and to be adopted by Parties in Paris”. He also indicates that meeting these milestones will give the poorest and most vulnerable nations some assurance that we are on the right path to address climate impacts effectively. Mathema reminded all, “reaching a strong conclusion in Paris is crucial for us; it is about the very survival of our communities and future generations. If there is no progress, we stand to lose the most.”

The UN climate change negotiations will recommence on 20th October in Bonn, Germany.

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Press Release: Urgent action needed says leader of the Least Developed Countries Group

3 June 2014: Bonn, Germany

The Chair of the Least Developed Countries Group at the UN climate change negotiations said today that the latest science tells us that we can limit global temperature increases to a level that will save the poorest countries in the world. All that is required is the will to do it. But if we don’t act urgently the world’s poorest will suffer.

Two new reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), released in the last three months, present alarming realities for the world’s poorest. Extreme temperatures, rainfall and drought, increase in aridity, more intense tropical cyclones, rising sea levels, and ocean acidification are among other adverse effects of climate change. These effects will lead to declining crop yields, undernourishment, injury and ill-health, and a number of other socioeconomic and development challenges.

The Chair of the LDC Group, Mr. Prakash Mathema, said, “It is still technically and economically feasible to limit temperature increases to below 1.5°C, but only if we all work together to resolve the climate change problem. If some countries advance their own interests and ignore the need for international cooperation, then we are doomed.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Press Release: The LDCs call for the inaugural meeting of the Year of ambition to be placed on a very high stand

10 March 2014
For immediate release

While the future of the planet and of its people is at stake, politicians, government officials and diplomats involved in the climate negotiations have been busy arguing over words, speeches and processes.

While the world continues to warm and heat waves and droughts intensify, Parties to the UNFCCC seem to have regressed in their ambition to adopt strong, but beneficial measures.

While the science tells us we can still avoid the most dangerous changes through real ambitious actions it also tells us that the time is running out. Instead of facing this challenge, the international negotiations seem to be relegated to fighting over fragmented and ineffective solutions through isolated, independent and disconnected actions.

Mr. Prakash Mathema, the Chair of the group says- “We all have invested a lot of time and resources in this process and the efforts that we have put together for many years rightly deserve to achieve concrete outcomes that can effectively address this urgent issue of global warming. Any delay in global climate action will lead to greater adverse effects, increased needs for adaptation as well as more serious residual and permanent loss and damage in the least developed countries – and other vulnerable countries. The most rational way to move ahead is to acknowledge the scientific evidence and act accordingly. That evidence tells us we must act fast.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Media statement by Least Developed Countries Group at UN climate change talks

For immediate release

Contact: Munjurul Hannan Khan, spokesperson, LDCs: munjurulKhan@gmail.comor +12042943425

What follows is a media statement from the Least Developed Countries Group at UN climate change talks.

While expressing frustration at the overall progress in the international negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the LDC Group welcomes the establishment of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage by COP 19.

The Group believes that the mechanism will fill a major gap in addressing climate change as it will deal with losses and damages after the limits of adaptation are crossed. The Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage is intended to meet the growing needs in developing countries, in the long term, to cover the economic and non-economic losses from climate change. The LDCs are fully dedicated to continuing to play their role in making the mechanism fully functional in the coming years.

The Group also welcomes the move forward towards the 2015 agreement, but remains worried and concerned at the lack of ambition. The agreement reached in Warsaw far from satisfies the needs of the Least Developed Countries and even creates concerns regarding the negotiating process leading up to the COP21 in 2015.

It is important to make sure that the replacement of the expression “commitments” by “contributions” in the ADP decision will not lead to misinterpretation, and will not undermine the capacity – and the stringency – of the 2015 agreement to prevent dangerous levels of global warming.

Parties need to accelerate their work for a legally binding agreement in Paris and the LDC Group will continue to engage in the negotiating process at the UNFCCC in order to keep the global mean temperature increase below 1.5 degrees by the end of the century.

The LDC lead coordinator for ADP, Pa Ousman Jarju says: “If we are to meet the 2015 deadline, we should advance quickly on many fronts, including a decision to set up a clear process to clarify everybody’s emissions reduction target – and financial contributions – under the new agreement. With the survival of nations at stake, only the highest level of commitment from all is acceptable, guaranteeing global climate action is taken at a level that stabilizes the average global temperature to prevent dangerous climate change.”

Prakash Mathema, the Chair of the LDC Group, says: “Developed countries should contribute effectively in the global process of climate change negotiations by providing support to climate vulnerable least developed countries and other developing countries to address adverse impacts of climate change while paving the way for enhanced action for all to reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases.”

Although the LDC Group appreciates the contributions of some developed country Parties to the Least Developed Countries Fund and the Adaptation Fund, commitments from developed country Parties have fallen short regarding the real needs. The Group has also called for immediate capitalization and full operationalization of the Green Climate Fund.

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