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LDC paper series updated

The LDC group’s series of papers on issues related to the UN climate change negotiations has been updated following the Warsaw Climate Change Conference.

Read more at the LDC paper series page.

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The LDC Group at COP 19: Expectations and Outcomes

The LDC Group actively participated in the 19th UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP 19), which took place during November 2013 in Warsaw, Poland. The outcomes of Warsaw, adopted in the negotiation’s final hours, include a set of 34 decisions. As the adopted decisions largely do not reflect the expectations of the Group, the LDCs call upon their fellow nations to continue work in the spirit of urgency.

Warsaw National Stadium

In his opening statement, the Chair of the LDC Group detailed four expectations for the package of decisions to be adopted at COP 19. Read the rest of this entry »

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LDC group statement at high-level segment of COP 19

High-level Segment of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP 19/CMP 9

Statement by Nepal on behalf of the Least Developed Countries Group

19 November 2013, Warsaw, Poland

Mr. President,
Your Excellency, Donald Tusk, Prime Minister of Poland,
Your Excellency, Mr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of Tanzania,
Your Excellency, Dr. John Ashe, President of the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly,
Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations,
Honourable Ministers,
Excellencies,
Distinguished delegates,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

Nepal has the honour to make this statement on behalf of the Group of 49 Least Developed Countries, spread over three continents and comprising nearly a billion people, including the weakest and the most vulnerable, having to bear the most disproportionate and existential threats of climate change.

I would like to associate my statement with the statement made by the Honourable Minister of Fiji on behalf of the Group of 77 and China.

Mr. President, I wish to begin by congratulating you on your assumption of the Presidency of the UNFCCC COP19/CMP9 and assuring you of our support to your important task of achieving meaningful outcome in Warsaw. I also take this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation to the Government of Poland for the warm hospitality extended to all our delegates.

Mr. President, science is absolutely clear, now more than ever. The human-induced climate change has increased global temperature provoking heat extremes, lowering precipitation and causing higher aridity. It has melted glaciers, raised sea levels, and brought about more extreme and erratic weather events. The IPCC and other scientific data warn that there may be worse ahead if we do not act now the way we should.

Even while meeting here this month, we witnessed the excruciating impacts of the Typhoon Haiyan. We deeply sympathize with the people of the Philippines and other countries impacted by this typhoon. Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims of this and several other tragedies happening around the world every day. Read the rest of this entry »

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LDC group statement at closing plenary of COP 19

Closing Plenary of the Nineteenth Session of the Conference of Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 19)

Statement by Nepal on behalf of the Least Developed Countries Group

23 November 2013, Warsaw, Poland

Mr. President,

Nepal has the honour to speak on behalf of the Least Developed Countries, a group of 49 states that are among the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

We associate ourselves with the statements made by Fiji on behalf of the Group of 77 and China, by Nauru on behalf of the Alliance of Small Islands States, and the statement to be made by Swaziland on behalf of the African Group.

Mr. President, once again, let me thank you for your leadership and congratulate you on a job well done. We also thank the UNFCCC Secretariat and all the facilitators for their hard work. We also thank you for maintaining transparency as we requested at the beginning of this COP. We thank all the Parties who worked hard in the spirit of compromise and flexibility during the past two weeks.

Mr. President, at the opening of this COP, the LDC Group stated that we saw COP 19 as a stepping-stone to urgently needed mitigation action, for finance, for loss and damage as well as paving the way to Paris where the world expects to agree on a new agreement. Read the rest of this entry »

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Media statement by Least Developed Countries Group at UN climate change talks

For immediate release

Contact: Munjurul Hannan Khan, spokesperson, LDCs: munjurulKhan@gmail.comor +12042943425

What follows is a media statement from the Least Developed Countries Group at UN climate change talks.

While expressing frustration at the overall progress in the international negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the LDC Group welcomes the establishment of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage by COP 19.

The Group believes that the mechanism will fill a major gap in addressing climate change as it will deal with losses and damages after the limits of adaptation are crossed. The Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage is intended to meet the growing needs in developing countries, in the long term, to cover the economic and non-economic losses from climate change. The LDCs are fully dedicated to continuing to play their role in making the mechanism fully functional in the coming years.

The Group also welcomes the move forward towards the 2015 agreement, but remains worried and concerned at the lack of ambition. The agreement reached in Warsaw far from satisfies the needs of the Least Developed Countries and even creates concerns regarding the negotiating process leading up to the COP21 in 2015.

It is important to make sure that the replacement of the expression “commitments” by “contributions” in the ADP decision will not lead to misinterpretation, and will not undermine the capacity – and the stringency – of the 2015 agreement to prevent dangerous levels of global warming.

Parties need to accelerate their work for a legally binding agreement in Paris and the LDC Group will continue to engage in the negotiating process at the UNFCCC in order to keep the global mean temperature increase below 1.5 degrees by the end of the century.

The LDC lead coordinator for ADP, Pa Ousman Jarju says: “If we are to meet the 2015 deadline, we should advance quickly on many fronts, including a decision to set up a clear process to clarify everybody’s emissions reduction target – and financial contributions – under the new agreement. With the survival of nations at stake, only the highest level of commitment from all is acceptable, guaranteeing global climate action is taken at a level that stabilizes the average global temperature to prevent dangerous climate change.”

Prakash Mathema, the Chair of the LDC Group, says: “Developed countries should contribute effectively in the global process of climate change negotiations by providing support to climate vulnerable least developed countries and other developing countries to address adverse impacts of climate change while paving the way for enhanced action for all to reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases.”

Although the LDC Group appreciates the contributions of some developed country Parties to the Least Developed Countries Fund and the Adaptation Fund, commitments from developed country Parties have fallen short regarding the real needs. The Group has also called for immediate capitalization and full operationalization of the Green Climate Fund.

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LDC group statement at closing of SBSTA 39

Closing of the thirty-ninth session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 39)

Statement by Nepal on behalf of the Least Developed Countries Group

16 November 2013, Warsaw, Poland

Mr Chair, I have the honour to speak on behalf of the LDC Group. I would like to associate myself with the statements made by Fiji on behalf of G77 and China, by Nauru on behalf of AOSIS, and by Swaziland of behalf of the Africa Group.

First of all, let me congratulate you and thank you for your hard work during this session. We would also like to thank all the facilitators and the Secretariat for the many long hours they have endured in the course of the past week.

Mr Chair, it is gratifying to note that SBSTA conclusions on the Nairobi Work Programme have been adopted, and that a draft decision is being forwarded to the COP for adoption here in Warsaw. The draft decision specifies issues that are relevant to the livelihoods of people in developing countries, particularly in the LDCs. Now we look forward to the review of the work of the Nairobi Work Programme in future.   Read the rest of this entry »

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LDC group statement at closing of SBI 39

Closing of the thirty-ninth session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 39)

Statement by Nepal on behalf of the Least Developed Countries Group  

16 November 2013, Warsaw, Poland

Mr Chair, Nepal has the honour to speak on behalf of the Group of 49 least developed countries. I would like to associate myself with the statement made by Fiji on behalf of G77 and China, Swaziland on behalf of the Africa Group, and Nauru on behalf of the Alliance of Small Island States.

Mr Chair, the LDCs left Doha with a strong hope of seeing the launch of the Warsaw international mechanism on loss and damage. It is really disconcerting and discouraging to witness the reluctance of some negotiating partners going back on the decision we agreed after long and difficult negotiation hours in Doha.

We have not finalized the negotiations on loss and damage. The LDCs would like to request the SBI to extend and give more time for Parties to negotiate until the final draft is ready for submission to the COP. The LDCs call for a clear decision on loss and damage as mandated by COP18. We are ready to continue negotiations on this issue in a constructive manner. Read the rest of this entry »

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