WELCOME FROM THE CHAIR OF THE LDC GROUP

On behalf of the Group of Least Developed Countries it is my pleasure to provide this introduction to our group and its work and activities.

The LDC Group represents the 48 nations that are especially vulnerable to climate change at the UN climate change negotiations, where we cooperate to achieve constructive and multilaterally-based solutions to the global challenge of climate change.

With successful conclusion late last year of the Paris Agreement under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the work of the LDC Group has entered an important new phase. We are committed to continuing the momentum of the Paris Conference to further strengthen implementation of the Convention and ensure the swift entry into force of the Paris Agreement.

With the Paris Agreement as an important milestone, we also recognise that major additional efforts are required to put the global community on a pathway towards a safer future. We will continue offer leadership and cooperation to pursue efforts to limit warming to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels, recognizing this will significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change.

As LDC Chair I look forward to working with all concerned towards continuing success in our common efforts to tackle climate change. We hope you find the information contained on this website useful, and we look forward to continued dialogue and support.

With best regards,

Tosi Mpanu-Mpanu

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LDC press release: unprecedented climate agreement is ‘best outcome for all’

Paris, 12 December: The Least Developed Countries (LDC) Group today welcome the news that all Parties in Paris at COP21 support the adoption of the new climate agreement.

Mr Giza Gaspar Martins, Chair of the Least Developed Countries Group said: “We are living in unprecedented times, which call for unprecedented measures. Nothing that has gone before compares to this historic, legally binding climate agreement. The COP Presidency and all Parties worked hard to deliver this accord which will move the world to a 1.5 degrees goal, while aiming to leave no-one behind. It is the best outcome we could have hoped for, not just for the Least Developed Countries, but for all citizens of the world.”

-ENDS-

For further interviews or information on LDCs’ views on the final agreement please contact: ldcchairangola@gmail.com  Read the rest of this entry »

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LDC press release: Loss and damage, 1.5 goal will be in climate agreement

Paris, 12 December: The Least Developed Countries (LDC) Group feel optimistic about the content within the new draft text due at 11:30am CET on Saturday 12 December.

The LDCs have been negotiating in earnest alongside their ministers these last few days, often on three hours sleep or less, to try and keep the language dear to their nations within the text.

As the countries least able to adapt to climate change, and those who have least contributed to the problem, the LDCs’ key issues, which they feel confident will be balanced in the new text, include:

  • Inclusion of the below 1.5 goal, relative to pre-industrial levels, alongside a clear pathway of how countries will deliver against it
  • Ambitious commitments for communicating, maintaining and implementing mitigation targets, in five year cycles
  • Separate, overlapping five year cycles for reviewing the implementation of mitigation and finance commitments
  • Clear reference to ‘new and additional’ climate finance flows for mitigation and adaptation
  • Recognition of the special needs and specific situations of the LDCs
  • Establishment of a mechanism to address questions of implementation and promotion of compliance within the provisions of the agreement
  • The anchoring of a mechanism to avert, minimise and address loss and damage

On the viability of the below 1.5 degree goal, Mr Giza Gaspar Martins, Chair of the Least Developed Countries Group said: Read the rest of this entry »

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Press conference: LDCs take stock of possible Paris outcome

***UPDATED: new time 19:00 CET, location conference room 2***

Paris, Wednesday 9 December:  The text of the climate agreement is scheduled to arrive with the French Presidency at 13:00 today, following consultation with Ministers late into the night.

The Least Developed Countries Group is working hard to see its issues represented within the text, as such wording can help preserve lives and livelihoods within the world’s 48 poorest and most vulnerable nations.

Who:

  • Chair of the LDCs Group, Mr Giza Gaspar-Martins (Angola delegation)
  • H.E. Pa Ousman Jarju, Minister of Environment, Climate Change, Water Resources, Forestry, Parks and Wildlife for the Gambia

When: Wednesday 9 December, 2015, 19:00-19:30 CET
Where: Press Conference Room 2, Paris Climate Summit, Le Bourget, Paris.
Webcast: The press conference will be webcast live and available on demand post-briefing here
Advance questions: send to ldcchairangola@gmail.com or tweet @LDCChairUNFCCC

So far the Group’s particular concern remains the special treatment of LDCs as enshrined within the Convention, the continued diluted wording around Loss and Damage and still no clarity on the legal status of the agreement.

Negotiators from the 48 poorest and most vulnerable nations are very familiar with the draft negotiating text, having been closely involved since the process began four years ago in Durban at COP17.

The Group welcomes emerging consensus from other Parties such as the EU and Canada on the 1.5 degree goal, but feels there is room for more mitigation ambition within the wording of the text to make this a reality.

The Group maintains its position in the high-level negotiations, to ensure the agreement reflects the special needs and specific situations of the LDCs, and looks forward to working with all Parties and the COP Presidency to secure a binding, equitable deal.

For further interviews please contact: ldcchairangola@gmail.com

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Press release: LDCs call on ministers to resolve issues that leave them vulnerable

Paris, Tuesday 8 December: Ministers have mere hours left to conclude their high level negotiations over the climate agreement, before it is passed to the COP Presidency for consultation ahead of its scheduled delivery in Paris on Friday 11 December.

Chair of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) Group, Mr Giza Gaspar-Martins of Angola said: “The process itself is currently a barrier to achieving the progress we need for the countries we represent. For example too many simultaneous meetings mean we have little opportunity to fully represent our issues in these vital discussions.”

Of particular concern to the Group remains the special treatment of LDCs as enshrined within the Convention,  the continued exemption of Loss and Damage within the text and still no clarity on the legal status of the agreement.

Negotiators from the 48 poorest and most vulnerable nations are very familiar with the climate agreement, having been closely involved since the process began ago in Durban at COP17.

The Group welcomes Read the rest of this entry »

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LDC Group statement at closing of SBSTA 43

Closing Session of the 43rd Session of Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 43)

Statement by Angola on behalf of the Least Developed Countries Group

4 December 2015, Paris, France

Thank you Madam Chair and dear colleagues,

Angola on behalf of the LDCs associates itself with the statements made by South Africa on behalf of G77&China, and Sudan on behalf of the African Group.

We also want to thank you, the co-facilitators and the Secretariat for the hard work during this session in a limited time and to enable the entry into force of the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol.

Madam Chair, we want to bring to your attention an issue that is very close to the heart of the LDC Group. Over two years, we have been engaging together with all Parties in the 2013-2015 Review. We have received inputs from over 70 experts in the Structured Expert Dialogue that has produced its final report that we consider a document of utmost significance to the work we are doing here. To us, the report sends a very clear signal: Read the rest of this entry »

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LDC press release: Quebec has delivered historic, innovative climate finance pledge

Paris, 5 December: Today the Chair of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) Group welcomed a pledge from the Quebec government of $ CAD 6 million to the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF).

The historic and innovative pledge, made by Philippe Couillard, Premier of Quebec, in the presence of Michaëlle Jean, Secretary General of the Francophonie and Vice President Al Gore, has set a new tone for cooperation and innovative climate financing.

Chair of the LDC Group, Mr Giza Gaspar-Martins of Angola said: “This announcement from the Premier of Quebec represents the first significant contribution by a sub-national government to a multilateral climate fund. Changing economic realities provide an opportunity for expanding the donor base, allowing non-state actors, such as the Government of Quebec, to show strong leadership and initiative.”

The pledge will be channelled into the only dedicated climate fund channelling money to adaptation projects for the world’s poorest nations.

The LDCF has an immediate purpose of helping the LDCs urgently adapt to immediate climate change impacts that are happening now – a process known as National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs).

There are urgent adaptation needs that need to be met and so far this has not been forthcoming, with the NAPAs only securing one fifth of their funding to date through the LDCF. The LDCs welcome this show of climate solidarity from Quebec.

Giza added: “This contribution also raises an opportunity to encourage the role of innovative sources of finance arising from other share of the proceeds. For example the Quebec regional carbon trading scheme, which was a source of revenue for adaptation finance in this case. It shows that this model can work, which is heartening news for the world’s most vulnerable countries.”

For further interviews please contact: ldcchairangola@gmail.com

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