Paris, Wednesday 25 November: The Least Developed Countries (LDCs) Group is in Paris holding strategy meetings ahead of the UN climate change talks, where they met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of France and COP21 President Mr. Laurent Fabius, to discuss priorities for the negotiations.
Chair of the LDCs Group, Mr Giza Gaspar-Martins of Angola said: “The LDCs expect nothing less than the strongest commitments to ambitious climate action from all Parties, contained within an internationally agreed legally binding treaty. This must be the outcome of COP-21. It is absolutely critical that we adopt a legally binding agreement in Paris. We will work hard to make sure that this happens.”
The LDC Group was crucial to establishing the negotiating body in charge of developing the new agreement – the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action ADP1 – in 2011 at the Durban COP-17.
The LDCs, who have been increasingly seen as leaders are also the moral voice in the negotiations, as they set the standard for what they would like to see from the world with their own bold climate action plans. The Group wants to see this process through to a successful conclusion, with the adoption of an ambitious legally-binding agreement.