Press release: LDCs lay out climate summit strategy

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.

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Press release: LDC Chair calls on to G20 further Pre-COP ministerial discussions

Following the recent ‘Pre-COP’ (Conference of the Parties) ministerial, the Chair of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) Group is calling on the G20 to further the discussions and push for greater ambition ahead of the COP21 climate change negotiations.

Areas of agreement and shared concerns were discussed at the ministerial, but Giza Gaspar-Martins states that the political will to agree on an ambitious outcome is still far outpaced by what the science demands from the global community.

Chair of the LDC Group, Mr Giza Gaspar-Martins of Angola said: “Political leaders must be ready and willing to adopt a durable, ambitious and legally binding agreement designed to limiting warming to below 1.5⁰C to reduce vulnerability and enhance resilience to the impacts of climate change. It is still unclear whether leaders are ready to deliver on these broad objectives.”

The G20 leaders’ summit takes place on 15-16 November, and the outside world is viewing this meeting as climate critical. Every member state is also one of the world’s biggest CO2 emitters, while the LDCs represent many of the nations most vulnerable to climate change impacts.

Giza continued: “We need all political leaders to set out the direction of travel consistent with the long-term temperature goal of the 1.5 degree target and short term commitments to not only to communicate national climate action plans but also to implement and fulfil them. The G20 can ensure momentum on this ahead of Paris next month.”

The Turkish G20 Presidency has committed to making climate change finance a priority in 2015.1

Giza added: “It is clear that many developing countries will not be able to fully achieve their intended plans without increased support from the international community. Climate finance was a key discussion point at the Pre-COP ministerial but we are not clear is whether the financial support will be matched with assistance in building an infrastructure that allows countries to deliver their national climate action plans.”


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Press release: LDC Chair responds to the UNFCCC INDCs synthesis

The UNFCCC today released their synthesis of the INDCs submitted by the UNFCCC 1st October deadline, available here.

Chair of the LDC Group, Mr Giza Gaspar-Martins of Angola said of the synthesis: “Today’s analysis from the UNFCCC shows the urgent need to address the lack of ambition within nationally determined plans of countries. The current plans will only slow emissions by a third, which is clearly not enough to keep us within safe limits. Governments must do more in Paris, but the work does not end there. For the INDCs to succeed they must be adjusted before 2020 and reviewed in five year cycles from 2020 to ensure national actions quickly and rapidly progresses, or we all face a grim and uncertain future.”

Giza added: “The current plans to mitigate GHG emissions do not keep us even within a temperature rise of 2°C. However from the Least Developed Countries’ perspective, it is far worse than that. For 48 of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable countries, economic development, regional food security and ecosystems are at risk in this 2°C ‘safe zone’. So we once again call on the world to grow its ambition for a 1.5°C target.”

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Entrevista con La Información: Ayudar a los más vulnerables ante el cambio climático, tema candente en Bonn

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Entretien avec Le Parisien: “COP 21 : aider davantage les plus vulnérables à s’adapter, un sujet brûlant”

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LDC press release: Paris must not be the beginning of the end

Bonn, 19 October 2015: Developed and wealthy nations must allow their policies to reflect the magnitude and urgency of action needed to tackle climate change, thus allowing a serious boost in ambition in this last round of climate negotiations before December Paris UN talks, say the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) Group.

An encouraging number of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) – the country plans to tackle climate change – have been submitted, 123 in total, which includes the EU bloc.

However there are fears that the current INDCs are unfortunately still a race to the bottom. The level of ambition contained within the country climate change plans put the world on a 2.7°C pathway but the LDCs are calling for a 1.5°C world, as anything higher exposes our nations to irreversible changes in the climate system.

While participation is at an unprecedented level, the LDCs also have grave concerns that too much emphasis is still on the process and communication of the INDCs, rather than the actual implementation of the plans.

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LDC Group statement at opening of ADP 2-10

Tenth part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2-10)

Opening statement by People’s Republic of Angola on behalf of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs)

31 August, Bonn, Germany

Mr. Co-chairs, I have the honor to deliver this statement on behalf of the 48 least developed countries.

Mr. Co-chairs, dear delegates, the last two and a half months since the ADP 2-9 have been very intense for all countries. Many countries have worked hard to prepare their INDCs. We have also had to prepare our responses to your tool, which you Co-chairs have submitted to us and for which we thank you.

This great amount of activity is an indication of the high importance of the upcoming Paris conference. As the most vulnerable countries to the current and projected impacts of climate change, we have a primary concern about the outcome of the Paris conference. We are looking for effective solutions that are able to guarantee the very survival of our people, countries and economies.

We would like to thank you Co-chairs for the tool you have made available to us and for providing it in sufficient time to allow for our preparatory work.

We understand from you that you were careful in your approach to deliver the mandate given to you. Now it is time for Parties to engage and arrive at a text that will be comprehensive and acceptable to all Parties, and more importantly, to reach an agreement that is capable of dealing with the enormous climate change challenge ahead of us. Read the rest of this entry »

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