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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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Press release: LDCs welcome Ministers to Lima, implore hastened talks

Lima, 12 December 2014: After two weeks of intense negotiations at the UN climate change conference, the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Group hopes that the arrival of Ministers has injected much needed guidance to the discussion which has seen only sluggish progress so far. The LDC Group has been updating its Ministers on the progress of negotiations so far.

The Chair of the LDC Group, Mr Ram Prasad Lamsal of Nepal said: “The LDCs are still working towards our common goal with a strong, fighting spirit to ensure that we make substantial progress on the last day. We welcome our Ministers to the conference. They have been engaging with equal fervency, bringing to the forefront the extreme vulnerability of our countries.”

The first week of negotiations saw many hours spent on issues regarding ways of working rather than substantive aspects of the new agreement to be adopted next year in Paris.

Not forgetting the urgency of adopting key decisions in Lima to lay the foundations for 2015, the LDCs were keen to unlock the gridlocked talks. Read the rest of this entry »

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Press release: LDCs urge strong action in Lima ahead of Paris 2015

Lima, 2 December 2014: Following a year of ambitious and determined action from the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), the group calls on the delegates of the 20th Conference of the Parties (COP20) to make significant progress in Lima in advancing the elements of the new climate Agreement’s text.

The Chair of the LDC Group, Mr. Ram Prasad Lamsal of Nepal said: “In recent months, we have seen LDCs make ambitious climate pledges in New York, the EU’s 2030 agreement to reduce emissions by at least 40% in Bonn, the bilateral agreement between the US and China on mitigation targets at the G20 summit in Brisbane and a series of encouraging finance pledges to the Green Climate Fund (GCF). Now, with just 30 negotiation days left until Paris 2015, we urge Parties to seize the opportunity in Lima to pave the way for the Paris Agreement and ratify the second commitment of the Kyoto Protocol.”

Mr. Lamsal added, “The findings of the recent reports of the IPCC called for the world to move towards an ambitious approach to tackle the threats posed by climate change. Parties must deliver prompt action.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Press release: Least Developed Countries set bar for ambitious climate action

Bonn, 20 October 2014: Following the bold pledges made by leaders of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) at the UN Climate Summit in September, the LDC Group expects others to scale up ambition and leadership on climate change in line with, or more strongly than the LDCs.

The Chair of the LDCs Group at UN climate change negotiations, Mr. Prakash Mathema of Nepal, and other representatives of the forty-eight poorest and most vulnerable countries of the world have arrived in Bonn for the UN climate change talks, to build on this momentum. The Group’s objective is to ensure that global response addresses the needs of their countries’ populations, who are the hardest hit by adverse effects of climate change.

Mathema said: “Last month’s Climate Summit, convened by the UN Secretary General in New York, injected new energy into the global climate change decision-making process. We not only saw more than hundred heads of state or government come together to discuss climate change, but also over three hundred thousand people around the world showing that they are paying close attention to this process and demanding concrete climate action from their governments.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Press release: The LDC Group calls for the foundations of the Paris agreement to be agreed in Lima

17 June 2014: Bonn, Germany

UN climate change negotiations concluded today after two weeks of discussions in Bonn, Germany. Central to the talks was the continuing dialogue on establishing a universal, legally-binding agreement on climate change. From the outset, the Chair of the Least Developed Countries Group, Mr. Prakash Mathema, stressed that substantial progress was needed to ensure that a legal agreement is reached in Paris, December 2015. As talks suspend, Mathema notes progress but warns that time is running out.

Mathema emphasized the need to get to work when talks commence in October this year. “We hope that we will advance on elements for a draft negotiating text to be agreed in the major climate change meeting later this year in Lima, Peru. This means that the coming months of climate change talks are critical. We cannot be delayed by procedural discussions. We must put our heads together and start drafting the new agreement.”

All Parties are requested to come forward by the first quarter of 2015 with substantive proposals on how they will contribute to the 2015 agreement. “The LDC Group appreciates the efforts that Parties are undertaking to ensure climate change is adequately and urgently addressed. We welcome the progress made here in Bonn for advancing work on both process and substance towards this goal, but we must do more. We have only 18 months left before we must adopt the agreement, which is a very little time in the international negotiation processes” says Mathema.

He also said that Parties must meet three milestones in Lima, in order to be able to adopt the new Agreement in Paris:

“A decision defining the information nations should present when putting forward their contributions to the 2015 climate agreement; a decision defining the key elements that the agreement should include; and a mandate to negotiate the new agreement within the strongest legal form possible and to be adopted by Parties in Paris”. He also indicates that meeting these milestones will give the poorest and most vulnerable nations some assurance that we are on the right path to address climate impacts effectively. Mathema reminded all, “reaching a strong conclusion in Paris is crucial for us; it is about the very survival of our communities and future generations. If there is no progress, we stand to lose the most.”

The UN climate change negotiations will recommence on 20th October in Bonn, Germany.

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