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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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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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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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LDC Group statement at closing of ADP 2-9

Ninth part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2-9)

Statement by the republic of Angola on behalf of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs)

11 June 2015, Bonn, Germany

Mr. Co-chairs,

The Group of the 48 least developed countries (LDCs) would like to thank you for your suggestions on the way forward. We welcome the progress, albeit modest, achieved during this session in Bonn.

We believe that Parties demonstrated a true spirit of cooperation, diligence and hard work. We believe maintaining such an attitude is critical as we continue on the road leading us to Paris.

The approach to work tested here helped to strengthen confidence among the Parties; however, we must recognize that it did not allow us to progress sufficiently in developing a more structured and comprehensive text for a future legally binding agreement in Paris. After two weeks of discussions, the text is still in a form that is impossible to engage and prepare our Ministers with 6 months, or rather 10 negotiation days, before Paris.

Co-chairs,

It is critical that Parties have a text to present to our Ministers as soon as possible. It is unfortunate that the LDC Group has now had to reschedule a ministerial meeting proposed to be held at the end of this month in the margin of the President of General Assembly of the United Nations climate event.

For this reason, the LDC Group believes that the co-chairs must double efforts to support Parties in fulfilling their mandate and to progress as needed to secure a balanced, legally binding agreement in Paris. We fully support the suggestions you have outlined on the way forward.

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LDC Group statement at opening of ADP 2-9

Ninth meeting of the Second Session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2-9)

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

1 June 2015, Bonn, Germany

Mr Co-Chairs, I would like to associate my statement with the statements made 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 (AOSIS).

Mr Co-Chairs, let us also renew our deep solidarity with our colleagues and with all the people of Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Nepal, India, China and Bangladesh for the dramatic events that hit all these countries in the past recent weeks and months. The events in Nepal should remind us not only how vulnerable any country could be in the face of extreme events, but how much greater is the vulnerability of those that are the least developed among us.

Mr Co-Chairs, may you also accept our appreciation for your diligent efforts in leading the work of the ADP since the beginning of this year. Even if the achievement so far is highly estimable, the tasks at hand remain paramount.

We commend your efforts to reach before the beginning of this session an agreed modus operandi on the way Parties are going to conduct the process. The LDC Group would like to continue to give you its support and agree with your proposal to start substantive negotiations immediately after a short opening plenary.

However, we would like to highlight few points of the utmost importance. 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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