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Interventions made at the Environment Committee Meeting, German Parliament

Interventions made at the Environment Committee Meeting of the  German Parliament

by Pa Ousman Jarju, Chair of the Least Developed Countries Group in the UNFCCC Negotiations

7 November 2012

Honourable members of the Parliament, ladies and gentlemen, good morning.

It is my pleasure to take the opportunity of this parliamentary hearing on upcoming UN climate change negotiations in Doha, to express the shared views of the 48 Least Developed Countries (LDCs) on our expectations.

Least Developed Countries are already heavily affected by climate change, and scientific predictions indicate that coming decades will increase the pressure on already poor and vulnerable communities. We have hardly contributed to the current changes in climate, but it is our countries and people who are suffering the most from droughts, flooding and unpredictable weather changes. Read the rest of this entry »

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Least Developed Countries issue bold plan to energize UN climate change talks

The world’s poorest countries have issued a bold plan to make the UN climate change talks more likely to reach their goal of having an effective and legally binding agreement ready for governments to adopt by 2015.

The Least Developed Countries (LDCs) group’s formal submission to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, under which the talks take place, includes the following demands:

  • The new legally binding agreement should take the form of a new protocol under the convention that builds on and enhances the commitments under the Kyoto Protocol.
  • Parties should agree new rules to allow the adoption of the Protocol by a 75% majority, not by consensus as under current rules.
  • A final negotiating text should be ready a full year ahead of the 2015 deadline rather than the usual six months deadline that the UNFCCC imposes.
  • Raising the ambition of commitments to mitigate climate change before 2020 must be the top priority.
  • The new Protocol should have as a key objective, the full implementation ofmitigation, adaptation and finance and capacity building among others.
  • Systems for monitoring, reporting and verifying finance and mitigation actions must not be weaker than but should build upon those that already exist in the Kyoto Protocol. Read the rest of this entry »

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