Ethiopia Announced for Chairmanship of Least Developed Countries Group

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.’

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Least Developed Countries group calls for fair and ambitious action at COP22

From 7-18 November 2016, the United Nations climate change negotiations will convene in Marrakech, Morocco, for COP 22. The negotiations come after a year of growing international political momentum to address climate change, following the historic adoption of the Paris Agreement in December 2015. Chair of the Least Developed Countries (LDC) group, Tosi Mpanu-Mpanu, said “COP22 will be an action and implementation COP. As the world’s poorest countries, the LDC group calls for fair and ambitious action. We must build upon the foundations set in Paris to construct robust rules to support the Agreement’s implementation.”

Noting with concern that full implementation of current pledges by countries to cut greenhouse gas emissions puts the world on track for 3-3.5°C of warming above pre-industrial levels, Mr Mpanu-Mpanu said: “Science tells us that beyond temperature increases of 1.5°C the future of our planet stands on increasingly thin ice. It is imperative for communities across the world that countries take seriously their goal to pursue efforts to keep temperatures below 1.5°C. We cannot afford to treat this as an aspirational goal. An upwards spiralling of commitments to cut emissions that is both fair and proportionate to challenge rising before us is vital.”

LDCs plan to contribute to these global efforts through the LDC Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Initiative (REEEI) for Sustainable Development, among other ways. Mr Mpanu-Mpanu said: “the upcoming launch of the LDC REEEI in Marrakech demonstrates the continued commitment of the LDC group to real solutions that benefit real people on the ground. The Initiative will enable LDCs to leapfrog fossil fuel based energy and generate prosperity by bringing modern, clean, resilient energy systems to millions of energy-starved people.”

LDCs are particularly vulnerable to climate change, with hazards including rising sea levels, extreme weather events, increased drought and floods and the spread of tropical diseases threatening health and food security. “As LDCs, we lack the resources and capacity to adequately protect our communities from the devastating impacts of climate change. In Marrakech we seek greater commitment from developed countries to provide financial support, technology and capacity building to enable LDCs to respond to the climate crisis,” Mr Mpanu-Mpanu said.

The Marrakech meeting will see entry into force of the Paris Agreement on 4 November. Mr. Mpanu-Mpanu said: “the first meeting of the CMA is an important springboard for the implementation of the Paris Agreement. We celebrate newfound global unity to act on climate change. But given the moment of entry into force has arrived earlier than anticipated we must also ensure countries yet to deposit their instruments of ratification are not left behind on the launchpad. We look forward to an inclusive and transparent process in Marrakech that allows all countries to participate as we approach this next hurdle.”

Mr Mpanu-Mpanu also emphasised the necessity of pre-2020 action: “The impacts of climate change are already upon us. Pre-2020 action must be strengthened urgently to provide the thrust needed to propel our economies and policies towards effective, sustainable and ambitious actions.”

The LDC group has already convened in Marrakech for preparatory meetings from 1-2 November, to consolidate LDC positions and strategies ahead of the upcoming negotiations.

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COP22 – Media Background Note

 

From 7-18 November 2016, the United Nations climate change negotiations will convene in Marrakech, Morocco, for COP 22.[1] The upcoming conference comes after a year of growing political momentum within the international community to address climate change. In December 2015 the Paris Agreement was adopted and, following a series of important political events, the Agreement will now enter into force on 4 November 2016. This comes about due to more than 55 countries representing 55% of global greenhouse gas emissions ratifying the Agreement, a threshold which was passed much sooner than anticipated, demonstrating strong global will to combat climate change.

While international political progress over the past year has been significant, countries are still far from implementing actions on the scale required to steer the planet away from dangerous climate change and achieve the goals that have been set under international agreements. For developing countries, and in particular the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Marrakech is an important opportunity to continue working towards a strong and fair international response to climate change, to protect poor and vulnerable communities across the world and safeguard the planet for future generations.

At COP22 the focus is shifting from procedural discussions on how to organise the work under the Paris Agreement to action and implementation. Parties will begin negotiating how the UNFCCC’s ‘rule book’ will be elaborated to ensure the commitments Parties made in Paris are translated into tangible actions to address climate change. The entry into force of the Paris Agreement means that the first meeting of parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA) will take place in Marrakech (see the note below on early entry into force and the structure of negotiations). The CMA is a meeting of all the countries that have ratified the Paris Agreement and is tasked with making decisions to promote the effective implementation of the agreement.[2]

Detailed in this note are some of the key questions arising in Marrakech, including:

  • How will support be secured for poor and vulnerable countries?
  • How will global temperature goals be met?
  • How will countries adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change?
  • How will countries cope with the unavoidable impacts of climate change?

The development of the “LDC Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Initiative (REEEI) for Sustainable Development” is also outlined; an initiative reflecting countries’ intention to take real action on climate change at COP22.

The Least Developed Countries group is committed to achieving fair and ambitious outcomes on all of the issues arising at COP 22, not just those listed here. For further information, interviews, briefings or quotes on these topics or others from the LDC group during COP 22 please contact Tosi Mpanu-Mpanu, Chair of the LDC group, media.ldcchair.cop22@gmail.com.

1.      The LDC Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Initiative for Sustainable Development

The Marrakech conference will provide a platform for the advancing collaborative efforts by countries to act on climate change. Of particular significance to the LDCs is the “LDC Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Initiative (REEEI) for Sustainable Development”. Ministers and Heads of Delegation from the LDCs welcomed the proposed initiative at a meeting of LDC negotiators in Kinshasa in September, providing a platform for its launch at COP22.

The LDC REEEI promises to improve livelihoods across the LDCs, bringing modern, clean, resilient energy systems to millions of energy-starved people. Through improved energy access and the creation of jobs, the Initiative will simultaneously contribute to the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals. The initiative aims to ensure no LDC will be left behind by supporting African LDCs to participate effectively in the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative, while developing similar opportunities for Asian and other LDCs. The initiative also offers an opportunity for developed countries to fulfil their commitments to provide financial, technological and capacity building support under UNFCCC agreements.

The LDC REEEI is to form part of a broader Global Programme on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency that will foster access to energy and sustainable development across the LDCs, African countries and small island and other developing states.

2.      How will support to poor and vulnerable countries be secured?

Key discussions in Marrakech will take place around the commitment made by developed countries to mobilise a minimum of $100bn a year in climate finance to support developing countries to adapt to climate change and take actions to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Developing countries are the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and yet many lack the capacity to adequately protect their populations from the severe storms, increased drought, sea level rise and spreading disease that is already starting to occur. Further, while most developing countries have also submitted plans to limit their emissions in their intended or final Nationally Determined Contributions under the Paris Agreement, many have also noted the need for support in order to carry out their mitigation and adaptation commitments. Preliminary estimates of the total amount of finance required for developing countries to implement their NDCs exceed $4tn USD. However, given that only half of developing countries provided estimated cost figures in their NDCs, the real figure is likely to be much higher.

A key issue with respect to climate finance is also how climate finance is tracked and accounted for. Much of the finance counted as climate finance in official reports in fact comes from Official Development Assistance, which would have been provided as development aid in any case. Much climate finance also comes in the form of loans rather than grants. Climate change is a challenge which is both additional to and exacerbates existing development challenges, so to ensure all countries have the tools and resources to reduce their emissions and protect their communities it is important that the finance counted towards the $100bn minimum target represents new and additional finance that goes beyond Official Development Assistance and takes into account the needs of developing countries.

LDC ministers in their recent meeting in Kinshasa also emphasised the importance of developing country ownership over finance provided, urging the Financial Mechanism of the Paris Agreement “to ensure country ownership, facilitate direct access and provide support while prioritizing the most vulnerable countries particularly LDCs to develop quality projects.”[3]

3.      How will global temperature goals be met?

In Marrakech, key discussions will continue around action to curb greenhouse gas emissions to safe limits for communities and ecosystems across the world. Reports by the IPCC (the UN’s climate science panel) highlight the urgent need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to avoid the most catastrophic of projected impacts. The Paris Agreement sets a goal of keeping average global temperatures well below 2°C and pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.[4] This goal must be taken seriously as many vulnerable countries face devastating impacts even with 1.5°C of warming, particularly small island states, some of which could disappear due to rising sea-levels at warming above these levels. Warming above these levels increases the risks of severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts.[5]

If countries continue emitting in a business as usual scenario the world will experience warming of 2.6-4.8°C above preindustrial levels by the end of the century.[6] Current targets set by countries under their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions globally are also not enough, and are projected to lead to temperatures 3-3.5 degrees above preindustrial levels (this is also assuming full implementation of developing country commitments which are conditional on the provision of support from developed countries).[7]

The Paris Agreement provides that every five years countries will submit a new NDC that represents a ‘progression’ beyond their current commitments.[8] Thus, important discussions will be had in Marrakech around how the Paris Agreement will facilitate an upwards spiralling of commitments that is both fair and proportional to the task at hand. This will include mechanisms to enhance accountability among countries such as reporting and review requirements, to enable the scrutinization of countries’ actions against the best available science.

4.      How will countries adapt to climate change?

Ongoing discussions around how countries will adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change are imperative to an effective global response, with the communities across the world at risk. These impacts are particularly acute in the LDCs, as rising sea levels, extreme weather events, increased drought and floods and the spread of tropical diseases threaten public health, food security and water supplies. In the lead up to the Marrakech conference, LDC ministers have emphasised the need to “raise the profile of adaptation by insisting on recognition of adaptation efforts”.[9] Recognition of adaptation as a component of the commitments made by countries under their NDCs was an important achievement in Paris.[10]

An important debate in Marrakech will be around how the UNFCCC’s ‘rule book’ will be elaborated to further adaptation action. The adaptation provisions within the Paris Agreement are expressed quite generally and require further modalities to be developed by Parties.[11] The upcoming negotiations are an important opportunity for countries to form the rules and mechanisms that will support adaptation efforts into the future.

In Marrakech discussions will also be had around how developed countries will provide support to ensure all countries can meet their adaptation commitments. LDC ministers recently called for the “mobilization of adequate and effective support for adaptation”,[12] to enable communities to prepare their economies, infrastructure and social support structures for the impacts of climate change.

5.      How will countries cope with unavoidable climate impacts?

Not all of the negative effects of climate change are avoidable. With a changing climate, communities who are reliant on agriculture can have their livelihoods wiped out during a single bad drought, while island states face the loss of homes, culture and history of entire populations. Thus, an important aspect of responding to climate change effectively is addressing impacts that communities are not able to cope with or adapt to. In the UNFCCC process this is referred to as ‘loss and damage’.

A significant achievement in Paris was the recognition of loss and damage as a key action area in the international community’s response to climate change, with a standalone provision in the Paris Agreement. However, as with adaptation, the loss and damage provision is expressed in general terms and further work will be required to fully elaborate a mechanism to “enhances understanding, action and support” with respect to loss and damage.[13]

A central component of the framework for loss and damage negotiated in Paris is strengthening the existing Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impacts.  Countries agreed that this will include establishing a clearinghouse for risk transfer to act as a repository for information to assist with the development of comprehensive risk management strategies.[14] This will help developing countries to gain greater understanding of and access to risk management tools such as insurance and contingency funds which can be used to address loss and damage. A task force to assist people displaced by the impacts of climate change will also be developed.[15]

A note on early entry into force of the Paris Agreement and structure of negotiations

The climate negotiations involve the meeting of several bodies. The Conference of the Parties (COP) is the meeting of all the countries who are party to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). 2016 will be the 22nd meeting of the COP. The ultimate decision making body of the Paris Agreement, the CMA will also take place for the first time this year. This is the body that will make decisions specifically relating to fleshing out and elaborating the Paris Agreement.

The Paris Agreement and decision require the first meeting of the CMA to adopt numerous rules and modalities to develop the ‘rulebook’ mentioned above. However, given the Agreement was not expected to enter into force this year there is concern that work on developing these rules and modalities will not be complete by Marrakech.[16] Further, only countries which have ratified the Paris Agreement can participate actively in the CMA, which means that countries which have not yet ratified may be shut out of some of the key early decisions to be made. One option to ensure that no country is disadvantaged or excluded from the collective development of the Paris Agreement rulebook would be to suspend the CMA immediately after it is convened in Marrakech and mandate that work continues under the COP and its subsidiary negotiating body the APA on developing rules, modalities and procedures, to be completed within a given timeframe. All countries could then continue to shape the rulebook for the Paris Agreement in an inclusive manner. This will be a key point of discussion in the lead up to Marrakech.

The Subsidiary Body on Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) and the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI) will also meet. Negotiations under the Kyoto Protocol will also continue at the conference, with the twelfth meeting of the Parties to the Protocol (CMP 12).

[1] The 22nd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

[2] http://unfccc.int/bodies/body/9968.php

[3] Communiqué from the LDC Pre-Marrakech ministerial meeting, hosted in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, 28 September 2016, Annex: thematic priorities: https://ldcclimate.wordpress.com/2016/10/22/ldc-pre-marrakech-ministerial-meeting-kinshasa-democratic-republic-of-congo-28-september-2016/.

[4] Paris Agreement, Article 2(1)(a).

[5] UNFCCC 2013-2015 Review and Structured Expert Dialogue http://unfccc.int/files/science/workstreams/the_2013-2015_review/application/pdf/sed_final_report_presentation_a__fischlin__zou_ji.pdf

[6] IPCC Fifth Assessment Report, summary for policy makers, page 10: https://www.ipcc.ch/pdf/assessment-report/ar5/syr/AR5_SYR_FINAL_SPM.pdf

[7] UNEP Emissions Gap Report 2015, pages 21-22. http://uneplive.unep.org/media/docs/theme/13/EGR_2015_301115_lores.pdf

[8] Paris Agreement, Article 3.

[9] Communiqué from the LDC Pre-Marrakech ministerial meeting, hosted in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, 28 September 2016, Annex: thematic priorities: https://ldcclimate.wordpress.com/2016/10/22/ldc-pre-marrakech-ministerial-meeting-kinshasa-democratic-republic-of-congo-28-september-2016/ .

[10] Paris Agreement, Article 3.

[11] Paris Agreement, Articles 3 and 7.

[12] Communiqué from the LDC Pre-Marrakech ministerial meeting, hosted in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, 28 September 2016, Annex: thematic priorities: https://ldcclimate.wordpress.com/2016/10/22/ldc-pre-marrakech-ministerial-meeting-kinshasa-democratic-republic-of-congo-28-september-2016/ .

[13] Paris Agreement, Article 8(3).

[14] Decision 1/CP.21 Article 49

[15] Decision 1/CP.21 Article 50.

[16] http://pubs.iied.org/pdfs/10153IIED.pdf

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LDC Pre-Marrakech ministerial meeting Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, 28 September 2016

COMMUNIQUÉ

We, the ministers and the heads of delegation from the Least Developed Countries (LDC) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, having met in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo for the Pre-Marrakech LDC ministerial meeting;

Reach, an understanding that a tremendous amount of work is ahead of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change for the full implementation of the work programme mandated in Paris to prepare for the entry into force and operationalization of the Paris Agreement. This enormous work can only be achieved through mutual understanding and political will among Parties.

Appreciate countries that have already deposited their instruments of ratification of the Paris Agreement and those that have fulfilled or are well advanced in fulfilling their domestic processes with a view to ratifying in 2016.

Further appreciate the 13 LDCs that have ratified the Paris Agreement as of now and urge all LDCs to:

  • Complete their domestic processes required for ratification and to deposit their instruments of ratification as soon as possible;
  • Ratify the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol to support the multilateral process under its second commitment period; and
  • Engage actively in the development of rule-set of the Paris Agreement under the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA) and UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies.

Note the importance of ensuring the achievements of Paris Agreement and create peer pressure for other Parties to join, thereby ensuring that the Paris Agreement enters into force at the earliest possible date and providing the best chance of achieving the 1.5°C warming limit agreed in Paris.

Urge the operating entities of the Financial Mechanism serving the Paris Agreement to ensure country ownership, facilitate direct access and provide support while prioritizing the most vulnerable countries particularly LDCs to develop quality projects.

Underscore the importance of the key messages and thematic priorities of LDCs as contained in the annex to this communiqué.

Call upon LDC negotiators to continue to collaborate including with other groups of Parties and partners to ensure effective implementation of the Paris Agreement. This collaboration should safeguard and preserve the key interests of LDCs and all flexibilities provided to LDCs as well as special circumstances recognized in the Paris Agreement.

Urge all international partners, bilateral or multilateral, to provide full support to LDC countries, bearing in mind the objectives of the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA) for Least Developed Countries, to ensure all LDCs engage effectively in a pathway toward low emission and climate resilient development, that will protect the life of our population, economy and system.

Remain committed to continue to be fully engaged in the UNFCCC process to provide political orientation to our lead negotiators in Marrakech, in future conferences of Parties and to work towards an ambitious domestic climate agenda.

Welcome the LDC Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Initiative (REEEI) for Sustainable Development as presented by the Chair of the LDC Group, with a view to further discuss and launch this initiative at COP22 in Morocco (November 2016).

Thank the host country, Democratic Republic of Congo, for the great hospitality and facilitation of this important LDC pre- Marrakech ministerial meeting.

Issued this 28 September 2016 in Kinshasa, Democratic of Congo.

 

 

Annex: thematic priorities

Mitigation

  • Ensure that some of the key features spelled out in Article 4 of the Paris Agreement are considered while defining the mitigation section of NDC, including the link to the long-term temperature goal set out in Article 2; progression on successive NDCs; to be informed by the outcomes of the global stock take; support for developing countries; and flexibility for LDCs and SIDS,
  • Strong LDC participation is needed at the IPCC plenary meeting on 17-20 October that will decide on the scope of the Special Report on 1.5°C. LDCs should push for a decision on scope with adequate focus on 1.5oC, climate impacts and regional vulnerabilities, and that responds to the scientific assessments/benchmarks needed under Paris Agreement and CP.21 decisions.
  • Participate in the annual high-level events on pre-2020 action in conjunction with the COP to safeguard the interests of LDCs.
  • With respect to the 2018 Facilitative Dialogue, support the need to agree on a mandate in Marrakech that will allow work to commence on its scope, inputs and modalities, for decision at COP in 2017.

Adaptation

  • Help raise the profile of adaptation by insisting on recognition of adaptation efforts.
  • Seek mobilization of adequate and effective support for adaptation.
  • Formulate and implement NAPs as the vehicle for prioritizing and communicating adaptation needs, and initiate national systems for long-term planning and implementation.
  • Make use of the available $3 million per country under the Readiness and Preparatory Support Programme of the GCF for the formulation of NAPs.

Loss and damage

  • Call for or engage in efforts to strengthen financial support for loss and damage, through operating entities of the Financial Mechanism.
  • Strengthen the existing Warsaw International Mechanism on loss and damage (WIM) following its review in 2016 and through, among other things, the establishment of the clearing house for risk transfer and the task force for climate change displacement, as agreed in Paris.
  • Support technical level engagement and participation in meetings of the WIM.
  • Ensure that the theme related to the third function of the WIM as defined by decision 3/CP.18 “action and support” is covered under action areas for the 5-year rolling work programme of the WIM
  • Ensure that detailed term of reference is developed for the review of WIM and the review is done in a transparent and inclusive way.

Finance

  • Ensure substantial resources are provided through the funds established under the Convention and Kyoto Protocol to address needs and priorities for implementation (GCF, GEF, LDCF and AF).
  • Identify national capacity constraints and work towards building capacities to be able to develop project/programme funding proposals and access funding from available resources, particularly from the GCF.
  • Prioritize building capacity at the national level to develop projects that meet applicable criteria through use of “readiness programmes” and project preparation support.
  • Establish and strengthen national authorities to allow for direct access to funding for implementation, through satisfaction of necessary accreditation criteria.
  • Scale up target by 2025 for funds to be mobilized beyond existing floor of $100 billion per year, based on scale of implementation needs in connection with the 1.5oC temperature goal and adaptation needs in connection with projected impacts of climate change.

Capacity building and Technology Development and Transfer

  • Ensure that the terms of reference of the Paris Committee on Capacity Building are adopted; so that the committee starts its function to addresses the specific needs of LDCs and other developing countries.
  • Include capacity-building related activities in climate change related projects.
  • Secure financial support to deliver the long-term vision on technology development and transfer.

Transparency Framework

  • Engage actively in the elaboration of the transparency framework, cognizant of LDC capacity and other challenges, to ensure that the resulting rules reflect the discretion and flexibility provided to LDCs’ under the Paris Agreement and its adopting decision.
  • Engage in development of projects to strengthen domestic reporting capacities through the Capacity Building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT) operated by the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

Global Stocktake

  • Engage actively in the development of modalities for the Global Stocktake, and in the identification of inputs that will provide information needed for the Global Stocktake.
  • Ensure that the outputs of the global Stocktake include reports on collective progress achieved and the implications for updating and enhancing Parties’ actions and support.

Compliance

  • Ensure that the compliance mechanism, in fulfilling its mandate to facilitate implementation and promote compliance, encompasses all obligations under the Paris Agreement.
  • Engage actively in the development of modalities and procedures for the compliance mechanism and its committee.

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Ministers from World’s Poorest Countries Call for New Initiative on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

On 28 September, Ministers and Heads of Delegation from the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Group welcomed a new initiative designed to scale up renewable energy and energy efficiency for the world’s poorest and least developed countries.

The new initiative, called the “LDC Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Initiative (REEEI) for Sustainable Development”, is to be launched at the next UN climate change conference to be held in Marrakech this November.

“This Initiative is a bold, collaborative effort by the LDCs to drive the global charge towards clean, renewable energy future. It will enable LDCs to leapfrog fossil fuel based energy by providing modern, clean, resilient energy systems that will generate prosperity and safeguard our futures,” said the Chair of the LDC Group, Tosi Mpanu-Mpanu.

Mr. Mpanu-Mpanu presented the Initiative to LDC Ministers and Heads of Delegation, which was met by broad support. “The adoption of the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals are propelling the world towards a phase of global action and implementation. The LDC REEEI is an important part of this process, providing concrete action to address climate change while empowering the world’s most vulnerable communities” said Mr. Mpanu-Mpanu.

“Most of the world’s 1.3bn energy-starved people live in LDCs. The LDC REEEI will ensure no LDC is left behind by strengthening the capacity of African LDCs to take advantage of the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative, while providing similar support structures for Asian and other LDCs.”

The Ministerial meeting was one of a number of discussions held during the gathering of LDC negotiators in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, in preparation for COP22. The meeting provided an important opportunity for the LDCs to share knowledge and expertise and to further elaborate their common needs and interests in the lead up to the negotiations.

The endorsement of LDC Ministers and Heads of Delegation builds on international support for the Initiative during the May UNFCCC negotiations in Bonn, Germany, where leaders of key negotiating blocs called for global action on renewable energy and energy efficiency. Mr. Mpanu-Mpanu also presented the Initiative at a High-Level event at the UN Headquarters in New York City on 21 September.

“As we head towards COP22 in Marrakech, the LDC REEEI is an opportunity for our developed country partners to fulfil their support responsibilities under the Paris Agreement and is a key example of the actions that can and must be taken to achieve the important goals we all set in Paris.”

At the meeting, LDC Ministers also noted the tremendous amount of work to be done to agree upon a comprehensive rulebook for the implementation of the Paris Agreement in preparation for the entry into force and operationalization of the Agreement, and recognised the need to capitalize on mounting political will amongst all countries to take ambitious action on climate change.

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Momentum for action under the Paris Agreement builds with Climate Change events in New York

21 September 2016

New York City is a hotbed of climate action this week, with the UN hosting events to enhance the implementation of the Paris Agreement. The eight annual Climate Week NYC is also being convened from 19-25 September, providing a collaborative space for climate events to support the Paris Agreement and UN Sustainable Development Goals.

On the 21st September, 31 countries deposited their instruments of ratification at the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s special event to accelerate the entry into force of the historic Paris Agreement. 60 countries have now ratified the Agreement, which requires 55 countries representing 55% of greenhouse gas emissions to enter into force.

“With today’s 31 ratifications the Paris Agreement has surpassed the country barrier and is now on the the brink of early entry into force. This is a powerful political symbol that governments of the world recognise the need to take urgent action against climate change” said the Chair of the Least Developed Countries Group, Tosi Mpanu-Mpanu.

“The Paris Agreement is a dynamic and inclusive agreement which focusses on supporting the needs of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable countries. With entry into force imminent, it is vital that we build on this growing global unity and carry out our commitments agreed in Paris, to safeguard our planet for future generations. This requires developed countries to provide much needed support to developing countries, including the LDCs, to enable us to develop sustainably and adapt to the enormous challenges climate change presents to our communities,” said Mr. Mpanu-Mpanu.

On the afternoon of 21st September, Mr. Mpanu-Mpanu moderated an event at the UN Headquarters, in which the development of the new LDC Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Initiative was highlighted; a collaborative effort to align sustainable development and climate change goals by enabling universal access to clean, renewable energy in the world’s poorest nations. This initiative gained international support in Bonn in May this year and is to be launched at COP22 in Marrakech in November 2016, the next international climate conference.

Mr. Mpanu-Mpanu said “COP22 will be an action and implementation COP, providing the opportunity to begin implementation of the Paris Agreement through concrete action in the renewables sector. This is a chance for our developed country partners to fulfil their support responsibilities under the Paris Agreement, which should be a priority given their commitment to enhance the capacity and the ability of developing countries to take effective climate change action.”

“All LDCs face major challenges in scaling up renewable energy and ensuring energy access to our poorest communities. This initiative will ensure no LDC is left behind. With clean and renewable energy also comes jobs and opportunities to vastly improve the livelihoods of our people,” said Mr. Mpanu-Mpanu.

The LDC Initiative will develop under the umbrella of a Global Initiative on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, which will provide a space for developing synergies and sharing best practices amongst similar initiatives, including the African Renewable Energy Initiative and initiatives proposed by the Small Island Developing States.

“This Global Initiative exemplifies how the international climate process can generate new global partnerships, powering towards a more prosperous future for the world’s poor and amplifying the charge towards a clean energy economy.”

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Press Release: Strengthening Global Action on Renewable Energy at COP22

Press Conference 26 May1On the final day of the climate talks in Bonn Germany, leaders of key negotiating blocs joined in call for global action on renewable energy and energy efficiency at COP22 in Marrakech later this year.

The Chairs of these groups, representing over 90 countries highlighted the launch at COP 21 in Paris last year of the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative, a program with pledges of $10 billion in financial support, as a starting point for scaling up renewable energy worldwide

The leaders emphasized that COP22 in Marrakech offers an unprecedented opportunity to broaden this success to other developing countries, including small island, least developed, Asian and Latin American countries, as part of an enhanced global effort to support the uptake of renewable energy globally while strengthening energy efficiency.

Among the leaders calling for action were:

  • Tosi Mpanu Mpanu, Chair of the Least Developed Countries Group (LDCs, a group of 48 least developed countries);
  • E. Ambassador Mr. Hussein Alfa Nafo, Chair of the African Group of Climate Change Negotiators (AGN, a group of 54 African states);
  • Amjad Abdulla, Chief Negotiator for the Alliance of Small Island Developing States (AOSIS, a group of 44 small island developing states);
  • E. Ambassador Anna Lindstedt, Ambassador for Climate Change, Sweden;
  • Ayman Cherkaoui, representing H.E. Ambassador Aziz Mekouar, Government of the Kingdom of Morocco.

Mr. Mpanu-Mpanu, Chair of the LDCs, said that ‘The Marrakech COP will be an action and implementation COP. With the LDC renewable energy and energy efficiency initiative we are following up on Paris and beginning to deliver concrete solutions vital to addressing climate change.”

“The Least Developed Countries are committed to play our part in the global energy transformation, to provide clean and renewable energy, jobs and opportunities to vastly improve livelihoods for our people”, he said.

“COP22 provides an unprecedented opportunity to strengthen support on renewables to the LDCs, as part of a global programme of support. The energy of Paris must be channelled into real solutions to both climate change and development at COP22 in Marrakech”, said Mr. Mpanu Mpanu.

Ambassador Seyni Nafo, Chair of the African Group, said “Africa has taken a lead on renewable energy. With a mandate from 54 African Heads of State we have launched the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative, with the transformational goal of ensuring universal energy access to all Africans and adding double current electricity generation through renewables by 2030.”

“The AREI is a transformative, Africa-led and owned initiative strengthening sustainable development in Africa on a large scale, unlocking the continent’s huge potential to generate renewable energy and bringing electricity to hundreds of millions of people”, he said.

“I am pleased to see the African proposal for a global renewable energy partnership, which we launched in 2014, taking flight here in Bonn.  COP22 in Marrakech can deliver new voluntary cooperation that enables the UN process to accelerate action and deliver results for people, communities and productive sectors in our countries”, said Ambassador Nafo.

Mr. Amjad Abdulla, Chief Negotiator for AOSIS, said “AOSIS is proud to see that the UNFCCC process, including the talks on pre-2020 ambition that we have championed, yielding concrete results.  COP22 presents a substantial opportunity to launch practical, concrete solutions towards achieving the 1.5 degree C goal we need to keep all people, including the most vulnerable and our islands, safe.”

Anna Lindstedt, Climate Ambassador for Sweden, said ‘Sweden is proud to have supported the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative from the beginning and is very encouraged to see similar initiatives from other regions and groupings These ambitious renewable energy initiatives from developing countries show genuine leadership and is exactly what is needed to now shift the focus to implementation of the Agreement and spurring higher ambition of national contributions. COP22 in Marrakesh will be an important step for providing the tool countries need to move ahead.’

For further information:

Mr. Tosi Mpanu-Mpanu, Chair of the LDC group, ldc.chair.drc@gmail.com, +4915171366079

 H.E. Ambassador Mr. Hussein Alfa Nafo, Chair of AGN, agnchair2016@gmail.com, +19177700596

 Mr. Amjad Abdulla, Chief Negotiator of AOSIS, abdulla.amjad@gmail.com, +9607775543

 H.E. Anna Lindstedt, Ambassador for Climate Change,anna.lindstedt@gov.se, +46727153977

 

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