New LDC Group submission on the work of the LEG

Angola on behalf of the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Group has made a submission to the UNFCCC on the work of the LDC Expert Group (LEG).

It is also available on this website’s submissions page.

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Three new LDC Group submissions on capacity building

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New LDC Group submission on gender equality

Angola on behalf of the Least Developed Countries Group has made a submission to the UNFCCC on gender equality.

It is also available on this website’s submissions page.

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Least Developed Countries encouraged by progress made in Geneva

Geneva, 13 February: At the close of the year’s first session of UN talks, the 48 countries constituting the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Group are encouraged by progress made towards developing the new agreement on climate change.

The Chair of the LDC Group, Mr. Giza Gaspar-Martins of Angola said: “We are pleased that Parties have agreed on a draft negotiating text this week and that we will be meeting the UN six months rule to adopt a legal agreement this December. The Geneva text is undoubtedly very long with various textual options, but it is a text that is ‘owned by the Parties’ and reflects all views and positions, including ours. We are also very encouraged that it meets the minimum requirements of a Protocol, which is the legal form of the Paris agreement that the LDCs will continue to push for.”

“We now have to study the text very carefully, and consider ways to streamline it. We’ve had some exchange of views on thematic areas to foster better understanding of each Party’s proposals, which was very useful. We all know there are many diverging positions and difficult conversations to be had, but this must be encouraged sooner rather than later,” he added.

The text will begin to be negotiated at the next round of talks, which will take place in Bonn, Germany, in June.

Mr. Gaspar-Martins concluded: “We congratulate the new co-chairs of their work thus far. The toughest work is ahead of us, but the LDCs are very encouraged by the political will shown by all Parties at this session and look forward to start discussions again in Bonn.”

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Press release: LDCs call for accelerated progress on new climate agreement

Geneva, 8 February 2015: Less than two months following the Lima Conference, UN climate negotiators are gearing up for a fresh round of talks on a new agreement to be adopted at the end of this year. With the deadline fast approaching, the 48 members of the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Group call for revitalising political momentum and doubling efforts early in the year to ensure that a fair and ambitious outcome is reached at this December’s conference in Paris.

The recently appointed Chair of the LDC Group, Mr. Giza Gaspar-Martins, Director of the Climate Change Department at the Ministry of Environment of Angola said: “Angola is honoured to represent the Least Developed Countries Group during this critical year. Our Group’s engagement in the climate negotiations has been at its strongest in particular in the last few years. As the new Chair, I want to make sure this legacy is maintained. My team and I stand ready to engage constructively and proactively with other Parties [to the UN Climate Convention], and make LDC perspectives heard in all aspects of the discussions.”

Mr. Gaspar-Martins added: Read the rest of this entry »

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LDC Group statement at opening of ADP 2-8

Eighth meeting of the Second Session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2-8)

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

2 February 2015, Geneva, Switzerland

Co-Chairs, colleagues,

Angola has the honour to speak on behalf of the Least Developed Countries Group. At the outset allow me join others in congratulating you both on the appointment as the ADP Co-Chairs. LDCs stand ready to offer you our full cooperation this year, which is one of the most crucial in the history of the international climate change negotiation process.

I would like to associate my group with the statement made by South Africa on behalf of the G77 and China, by Sudan on behalf of African Group of Negotiation (AGN), and by the Maldives on behalf of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS).

Co-Chairs, we are at a critical juncture of our work towards reaching an agreement on a legal text for adoption in Paris. We only have six days to progress from the elements for a draft negotiation text we elaborated in Lima as Annex to Decision 1/CP.20 to a legal and formal negotiating text to be communicated to all Parties in all the United Nations official languages by the end of May. We all understand how important it is to respect this legal requirement and we should endeavor to do so, even if the Lima COP set significant challenges for us. We LDCs are ready to rise to this challenge.

I would like to highlight a few key issues that should guide us in our deliberations for the next 6 days. Read the rest of this entry »

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LDC Group statement at closing of COP 20

Closing of the Twentieth Session of the Conference of Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 20)

Statement by Nepal on behalf of the Least Developed Countries Group 

14 December 2014, Lima, Peru

Mr. President, I have the honour to speak on behalf of the Group of Least Developed Countries.

Mr. President, allow me to congratulate you for bringing this COP to an end.

The LDC Group welcomes the COP decision on the approval of initial two-year workplan of the Executive Committee (ExCom) of the Warsaw International Mechanism (WIM) for loss and damage associated with climate change impacts. We believe that the two-year workplan will initiate the process for the implementation of the functions of the mechanism.

The LDC Group also welcomes the decision for finalizing the permanent structure and composition of the Executive Committee for the WIM. We urge Parties to expedite the nomination of the membership so that the ExCom can start its work by the first quarter of next year to implement the functions of this mechanism. The LDC Group looks forward to the prioritization of the means of implementation and issues related to rehabilitation, risk transfer and climate migration in the days to come. Read the rest of this entry »

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