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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-

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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LDC press release: climate agreement text damaged but not lost

Paris, 5 December: It is a moment four years in the making, but 195 countries have signed off on a draft climate agreement to go before Ministers next week as negotiations step up a gear in Paris at the COP21 climate summit.

Chair of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) Group, Mr Giza Gaspar-Martins of Angola said: “The issues dear to the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are still not adequately represented within the text. If the climate agreement does not work for the most vulnerable among us, how can we say it has been a success? We cannot.”

The Least Developed Countries (LDC) Group feel the text remains overly long and at this stage still does not have enough emphasis on their key areas of concern: the ambition for a below 1.5 degrees C pathway, transparent and accessible climate finance flows and a new Loss and Damage mechanism within the agreement.

Giza added: “We will maintain our position in the high-level negotiations next week, working hard alongside the Ministers to ensure the agreement reflects the special needs and circumstances of the LDCs.”

This issue is not simply one of finance, but a concern woven throughout the entire agreement.

Giza concluded: “The LDCs stand with the G77 in calling for an ambitious, transparent process, which is true to the principles and spirit of the convention. This group is strong in its resolve to secure an agreement and we are committed to the opportunities this process brings.”

The LDC Group was crucial to establishing the negotiating body in charge of developing the new agreement – the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action ADP – in 2011 at the Durban COP-17.

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Press release: LDCs hope negotiations continue in spirit of the Convention

Paris, 4 December: Following news that a draft of the negotiating text had been delivered, the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Group issued the following statement.

Chair of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) Group, Mr Giza Gaspar-Martins of Angola said: “We welcome the draft of the negotiating text and are pleased to say all countries worked hard to deliver this as close to the deadline as possible.

“The Least Developed Countries look forward to continuing the negotiations in a constructive spirit and in good faith with a view to arriving at a new climate agreement that is true to the principles and spirit of the Convention. In particular article 4.9, which acknowledges the special needs and circumstances of the LDCs.”

The LDC Group was crucial to establishing the negotiating body in charge of developing the new agreement – the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action ADP – in 2011 at the Durban COP-17.

Giza added: “We now hope to hand over to the COP Presidency the cleanest text possible within the next 24 hours, giving Ministers clear options with which to make political decisions next week.”

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