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Chair of Least Developed Countries Group responds to US Rollback on Climate Action

On 28 March, President Trump signed an executive order significantly undermining US action on climate change.

This decision will roll back US plans to decarbonise its energy sector and economy under the Clean Power Plan. It will also derail the US’ efforts to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions in line with its commitments to the international community in the global fight against climate change.

Chair of the Least Developed Countries Group, Gebru Jember Endalew, said: “I am seriously concerned that President Trump has decided to roll back key climate change policies and hinder the progress made in decarbonising the US economy because this decision will have a serious impact on the global trajectory on climate action.  It will also have a significant, detrimental impact on the US economy, American jobs and industry, and the health of Americans, their children and future generations.”

“Climate change is already causing devastating impacts, both in the US and on the poor and vulnerable people in our countries. Communities in our countries have been feeling these impacts for decades. Americans too have already felt the impact of record droughts, heat waves, flooding and rising sea levels. These impacts will only become more severe without ambitious action and cooperation by all nations, including the US.”

“Countries, states, cities and the biggest companies across the US and the world are already taking such action and inspiring others to do the same. The most progressive countries in the world are leading the way with their ambitious action and they are on track to define and lead the new low-carbon economies of the future. They will be the most prosperous and competitive societies as a result. Even in the US, there are already more Americans working in jobs providing clean energy than all fossil fuels-related jobs combined. It is clear that this momentum is real and undeniable”.

“The world cannot afford to wait. In the face of this US President’s decision, the international community must continue to tackle climate change and cooperate to meet the vital goals we set in the historic Paris Agreement for the safety of present and future generations.”

“I am heartened by the commitments of other countries in the international community to take on a leadership role on climate change.”

“I strongly urge President Trump to reconsider his decision, to protect current and future generations of Americans and to meet the US’ international commitments in the global effort to tackle climate change. America needs to develop a clear and effective plan to do this. The US should also continue to play an important role in the solution by re-joining the collective fight against climate change and continuing to provide crucial support to the countries that need it.”

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Welcome from the Chair of the Least Developed Countries Group

It is with great pleasure that I provide this introduction to the work of the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Group.

As the poorest countries in the world, the 48 LDCs are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.  The LDC Group represents these nations at the UN climate change negotiations, where we work to secure fair and ambitious action to tackle the global challenge of climate change.

With the entry into force of the Paris Agreement last year, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change process has renewed momentum.  Yet while the Paris Agreement is an important milestone, we cannot lose sight of the major actions required to put the global community on a path towards a safer and more prosperous future for all.

The LDC Group will continue to offer leadership and cooperation to limit global temperature increases to 1.5°C and is committed to working with our partners across the world to implement concrete actions that will be felt back home in our communities.

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

With best regards, 

Gebru Jember Endalew

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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 Group statement at opening of SBI 43

Opening of the 43rd Meeting of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 43)

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

1 December 2015, Paris, France

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

Regarding work under the SBI here in Paris, we have all noted the severe lack of time.  In this regard, we welcome your proposal on the way to conduct our work with the grouping of the agenda items into three categories.

Let me assure you, Mr. Chair, that you have the full support of the LDC Group in working towards an early conclusion of the items under the SBI.

Mr. Chair, the findings of the structured expert dialogue on the 2013-2015 review underscores that significant climate impacts are already occurring at the current level of global warming and that additional magnitudes of warming will only Read the rest of this entry »

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LDC Group statement at opening of SBSTA 43

Opening 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

1 December 2015, Paris, France

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 congratulating and thanking you, Madame Chair, on your efforts so far and leadership of this important body.

We are deeply concerned by the lack of progress of our discussions under many agenda items for consideration, in particular for those agenda items related to the implementation of the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol. Because we will have limited time for negotiations at this session, we should avoid spending a lot of time and effort on issues we believe cannot reach conclusion here in Paris. We support your proposal to focus only on those items that can be concluded at this session.

Madame Chair, one of the issues that is of paramount importance for the LDC Group relates to Read the rest of this entry »

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LDC Group statement at opening of COP 21

Twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (COP 21)

Eleventh session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP11)

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

1 December 2015, Paris, France

Mr. President, I have the honour to deliver this statement on behalf of the Group of 48 Least Developed Countries. The Group aligns itself with the statement delivered 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.

From the outset, allow me to express deep sympathy and concern over the terrible events of terrorism which occurred in this city just a few weeks ago. Our Group extends its sincere condolences and solidarity with the French people to the COP Presidency. I also extend our profound thanks to the French Government for making every effort to ensure the COP continued as planned in as safe and secure an environment as possible.

The Group congratulates you on your election as the President of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties and 11th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol. Allow me to also express our sincere thanks, through you, to the Government of France for the warm welcome and hospitality. We are also grateful to the secretariat for its hard work on ensuring excellent conference arrangements.

Mr. President, current efforts and plans to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions do not keep the world within the ‘safe’ temperature rise. For the LDCs, economic development, regional food security, ecosystems, and the very survival of their populations and livelihoods are at risk if talks aim only for a 2°C world.

We urge Read the rest of this entry »

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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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