LDC Group statement at closing of ADP 2-9

Ninth part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2-9)

Statement by the republic of Angola on behalf of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs)

11 June 2015, Bonn, Germany

Mr. Co-chairs,

The Group of the 48 least developed countries (LDCs) would like to thank you for your suggestions on the way forward. We welcome the progress, albeit modest, achieved during this session in Bonn.

We believe that Parties demonstrated a true spirit of cooperation, diligence and hard work. We believe maintaining such an attitude is critical as we continue on the road leading us to Paris.

The approach to work tested here helped to strengthen confidence among the Parties; however, we must recognize that it did not allow us to progress sufficiently in developing a more structured and comprehensive text for a future legally binding agreement in Paris. After two weeks of discussions, the text is still in a form that is impossible to engage and prepare our Ministers with 6 months, or rather 10 negotiation days, before Paris.

Co-chairs,

It is critical that Parties have a text to present to our Ministers as soon as possible. It is unfortunate that the LDC Group has now had to reschedule a ministerial meeting proposed to be held at the end of this month in the margin of the President of General Assembly of the United Nations climate event.

For this reason, the LDC Group believes that the co-chairs must double efforts to support Parties in fulfilling their mandate and to progress as needed to secure a balanced, legally binding agreement in Paris. We fully support the suggestions you have outlined on the way forward.

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LDC Group statement at closing of SBI 42

Closing of the forty-second session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 42)

Statement by the Republic of Angola on behalf of the Least Developed Countries Group

11 June 2015, Bonn, Germany

Mr. Chair, Distinguished Delegates, Angola has the honour to speak on behalf of the Group of Least Developed Countries. We associate with the statement made by South Africa in on behalf of the G77 and China and with Sudan on behalf of the African Group and Maldives on behalf AOSIS.

Mr. Chair, as we conclude our session here at SBI 42, we find that there is still much work to be done in our efforts to address climate change though the UNFCCC process.

The LDC Group welcomed the Structured Expert Dialogue Report but the conclusions are stark. The report recognizes that current global temperature increase of 0.85 degrees Celsius above pre industrial levels is already causing widespread impact on the 850 million people of the LDCs. The risks are just too high for LDCs for a temperature increase of 2 degrees Celsius. A 2 degree target runs counter to the ultimate objective of the Convention. We therefore would like to see Long Term Global Goal be set at below 1.5 degrees Celsius. The LDCs remain committed in seeing below 1.5 degrees Celsius anchored in the new Climate Agreement. We would like to see the ADP take into consideration the outcome of the SED report and increase its ambition and put us on a 1.5 pathway in the name of humanity.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Press release: LDCs concerned by serious funding shortfall and adequacy of global goal

Bonn, 11 June 2015: The UN climate change negotiations in Bonn are ending today, and the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) group remain concerned over the serious funding gap for vital and urgent climate-adaptation projects for the world’s most vulnerable communities. They also express disappointment for a lack of commitment to a more ambitious temperature goal in the context of a new, legally-binding agreement to be adopted in Paris this December.

Last week, the 18th Meeting of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) Council closed without any new pledges – the first time this has happened since the fund’s inception in 2001.

The Fund remains empty while there is an increasing number of bankable projects ready to be implemented. To date, there are 29 projects approved projects for which the Fund does not have necessary resources.

The LDCF, established to assist the LDCs in implementing their National Adaptation Programs of Action (NAPAs), plays a vital climate finance role as the sole instrument for LDCs. As it stands, the 48 countries hardest hit by climate change and least capable to cope with its effects, face the most challenges in accessing climate finance.

The Chair of the LDC Group at UN climate change negotiations, Mr. Giza Gaspar-Martins of Angola said: Read the rest of this entry »

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LDC Group statement at closing of SBSTA 42

Closing of the forty-second session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 42)

Statement by the Republic of Angola on behalf of the Least Developed Countries Group

11 June 2015, Bonn, Germany

Madame Chair, Distinguished Delegates, Angola has the honour to speak on behalf of the Group of Least Developed Countries. We associate ourselves with the statement made by South Africa in on behalf of the G77 and China and with Sudan on behalf of the African Group and Maldives on behalf AOSIS. Let me join other Parties in thanking you, Madame Chair, for your leadership and efforts at this session.

However, we are disappointed by the lack of progress of our discussions under many agenda items for consideration, in particular those that relate closely to agenda items of other negotiating bodies. Because we will have limited time for negotiations at SB 43, it will be more efficient to identify issues where progress is possible, and avoid spending a lot of time and effort on issues we believe cannot reach conclusion before there is more clarity on the form of the new agreement.

Madame Chair, the LDC Group welcomes the Report of the Structured Expert Dialogue on the 2013-2015 Review. The report recognizes that the current global temperature increase of 0.85 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels is already causing widespread impacts on the 850 million people from the LDCs. Risks are just too high for LDCs for a temperature increase of 2 degrees Celsius. A 2 degrees Celsius temperature increase runs counter to the ultimate objective of the Convention. We therefore would like to see the Long Term Global Goal be set at below 1.5 degrees Celsius. Read the rest of this entry »

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LDC Group statement at opening of SBI 42

Opening of the forty-second session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 42)

Statement by the Republic of Angola on behalf of the Least Developed Countries Group

1 June 2015, Bonn, Germany

Mr. Chair, Distinguished Delegates, Angola has the honour to speak on behalf of the Group of Least Developed Countries. We associate ourselves with the statement made by South Africa on behalf of the G77 and China and with Sudan on behalf of the African Group and Maldives on behalf AOSIS.

At the outset, allow me to express our solidarity with the government and people of Nepal on the massive earthquakes that struck the country. We send our prayers and condolences for the great loss of life, the disruption of livelihoods and irreparable damage to globally significant heritage sites. This tragedy is a stark reminder of the low capacity and vulnerability of LDCs due to the fragility of our natural and human systems.

Mr. Chair, with regard to our work under SBI at this session, we have several agenda items that are of great importance to our Group. Read the rest of this entry »

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LDC Group statement at opening of SBSTA 42

Opening of the forty-second session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 42)

Statement by the Republic of Angola on behalf of the Least Developed Countries Group

1 June 2015, Bonn, Germany

Madam Chair, Distinguished Delegates, I have the honour to speak on behalf of the LDC Group. We would like to associate ourselves with the statements made by South Africa on behalf of G77 and China, by Sudan on behalf of the Africa Group and Maldives on behalf of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS). Let me congratulate you, Madam Chair, on your appointment as the chair of this important body. We would also like to thank you for issuing the information notes for this SBSTA42. Through you, we would also like to express our sincere thanks to the secretariat for preparing numbers of useful documents in preparation for this session.

At the outset, allow me to express our solidarity with the government and people of Nepal in the wake of the various earthquakes that devastated the country. We send our prayers and condolences for the great loss of life, the disruption of livelihoods and irreparable damage to globally significant cultural heritage sites. This tragedy is a stark reminder of the low capacity and vulnerability of LDCs due to the fragility of our natural and human systems.

Madam Chair, as you rightly mentioned in the information note, 2015 is going to be challenging year for the whole UNFCCC process in terms of scarcity of time, heavy workload and the complexity of negotiations, all of which need to be carefully managed. For this we have full confidence in your leadership and believe that the important agendas will get adequate attention and reach successful conclusions at the earliest.

Madam Chair, the report of Structured Expert Dialogue (SED) of the 2013-2015 Review finds that keeping warming below 2°C cannot be considered safe. Climate impacts already cost lives. As the report clearly states, “additional magnitudes of warming will only increase the risk of severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts”. The Structured Expert Dialogue thus directly lends stringent, scientific support to our position on a 1.5°C as a scientifically defensible global goal. Read the rest of this entry »

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LDC Group statement at opening of ADP 2-9

Ninth meeting of the Second Session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2-9)

Opening statement by the Republic of Angola on behalf of the Least Developed Countries Group

1 June 2015, Bonn, Germany

Mr Co-Chairs, I would like to associate my statement with the statements made by South Africa on behalf of the Group of 77 and China, Sudan on behalf of the Africa Group, and the Maldives on behalf of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS).

Mr Co-Chairs, let us also renew our deep solidarity with our colleagues and with all the people of Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Nepal, India, China and Bangladesh for the dramatic events that hit all these countries in the past recent weeks and months. The events in Nepal should remind us not only how vulnerable any country could be in the face of extreme events, but how much greater is the vulnerability of those that are the least developed among us.

Mr Co-Chairs, may you also accept our appreciation for your diligent efforts in leading the work of the ADP since the beginning of this year. Even if the achievement so far is highly estimable, the tasks at hand remain paramount.

We commend your efforts to reach before the beginning of this session an agreed modus operandi on the way Parties are going to conduct the process. The LDC Group would like to continue to give you its support and agree with your proposal to start substantive negotiations immediately after a short opening plenary.

However, we would like to highlight few points of the utmost importance. Read the rest of this entry »

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