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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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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.

The Chair of the 48-member LDC Group at the negotiations, Mr. Giza Gaspar-Martins of Angola said:  Read the rest of this entry »

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Press release: LDCs push for accelerated progress in final stages of UN climate negotiations

Bonn, 31 August 2015: The penultimate climate negotiation sessions start today in Bonn, ahead of Paris’ landmark UN talks in December where the world’s governments are expected to adopt a new legal agreement on climate change.

The Chair of the 48-member Least Developed Countries (LDC) Group at the negotiations, Mr. Giza Gaspar-Martins of Angola said: “Progress in our technical negotiations on the new agreement has been far too slow. Now, there are only ten negotiating days left before the Paris COP. The LDCs believe a strong outcome can be reached this December, but this will require all of us to double efforts and ambition for success during these final months. We stand ready to work with our partners at this critical point of negotiations. ” Read the rest of this entry »

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Press release: LDCs concerned by serious funding shortfall and adequacy of global goal

Bonn, 11 June 2015: The UN climate change negotiations in Bonn are ending today, and the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) group remain concerned over the serious funding gap for vital and urgent climate-adaptation projects for the world’s most vulnerable communities. They also express disappointment for a lack of commitment to a more ambitious temperature goal in the context of a new, legally-binding agreement to be adopted in Paris this December.

Last week, the 18th Meeting of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) Council closed without any new pledges – the first time this has happened since the fund’s inception in 2001.

The Fund remains empty while there is an increasing number of bankable projects ready to be implemented. To date, there are 29 projects approved projects for which the Fund does not have necessary resources.

The LDCF, established to assist the LDCs in implementing their National Adaptation Programs of Action (NAPAs), plays a vital climate finance role as the sole instrument for LDCs. As it stands, the 48 countries hardest hit by climate change and least capable to cope with its effects, face the most challenges in accessing climate finance.

The Chair of the LDC Group at UN climate change negotiations, Mr. Giza Gaspar-Martins of Angola said: Read the rest of this entry »

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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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