Marrakech, 14 November – Ethiopia was announced today as the successful candidate for the Chairmanship of the Least Developed Countries group. Mr Gebru Jember Endalew of Ethiopia will Chair the climate negotiating group for 2017-18. The LDCs are the 48 poorest countries in the world, and are some of the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.
Mr. Tosi Mpanu-Mpanu, the outgoing Chair of LDC group at the end of 2016, said: ‘Mr. Endalew is an experienced negotiator who has worked tirelessly to protect the interests of the world’s poorest in the international climate negotiations. I trust that he will continue to be a powerful voice for fair and ambitious action as we fight for prosperity for all.’
‘Much work remains to be done under the UN climate negotiations. We must breathe life into the Paris Agreement and generate concrete action to tackle and adapt to climate change. I am confident Mr. Endalew will be an able captain.’
‘I congratulate Ethiopia and Mr. Endalew, and look forward to continued collaboration amongst the LDC group in future negotiations as we call for a scaling up of equitable climate action to safeguard our livelihoods and our planet.’