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LDCs insist on climate finance road map

The following report from TckTckTck’s daily coverage of COP18 covers today’s press conference by the Least Developed Countries group. You can watch the full press conference on the UNFCCC’s website’s on-demand webcast page.

It was great to have a chance to hear what Zambia’s David Kaluba had to say about climate finance in the press conference for the Least Developed Countries just completed.

As a member of the Board of the Green Climate Fund, Kaluba represents one of the few telling achievements of recent years – an international fund with balanced governance between the beneficiaries and the providers.

The snag is that there’s no money in the GCF for Kaluba and his colleagues to distribute. A picture is emerging as to how the LDCs intend to exert their leverage to ensure this COP corrects that situation.

Evans Njewa from Malawi explained that agreement on a climate finance roadmap will be a condition for LDCs to play their part in a successful outcome of COP18. The current scenario in which the fast start period of support ends next month and the promised $100 billion per annum doesn’t arrive until 2020 is not tenable.

Instead of the trendy “cliff” image, Kaluba described this as an 8-year drought before the “river” starts flowing.

The LDCs have suggested a rolling schedule to bridge the gap in which baseline commitments must be made by the richer countries for 2013-2015 and 2015-2020 and beyond.

“We need clarity at the COP,” said Kaluba. ” we must be clear that nothing is being hidden in terminologies.”

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LDC group elects representatives from Zambia, Sudan, Uganda and Bangladesh to key committees under UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

On 8 May 2012, the Least Developed Countries group elected the following representatives to serve on committees that will steer the future of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

David Kaluba from Zambia, will serve on the board of the Green Climate Fund, with Mesbah ul Alam from Bangladesh as his alternate member.

David Kaluba

Mesbah ul Alam

Sumaya Zakieldeen from Sudan will sit on the Adaptation Committee and Edith Kateme-Kasajja from Uganda will join the Standing Committee that has been set up to help improve the delivery of climate change finance.

Sumaya Zakieldeen

“I congratulate my colleagues from Zambia, Sudan, Uganda and Bangladesh on their appointments to these key committees,” said Pa Ousman Jarju, chair of the LDC group. “In taking up their positions on these committees, they will embark on efforts to represent the joint interests of the 48 nations in the Least Developed Countries. Together we will play an important role in shaping the global response to climate change.”

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