Posts Tagged NAPAs

LDC press release: Quebec has delivered historic, innovative climate finance pledge

Paris, 5 December: Today the Chair of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) Group welcomed a pledge from the Quebec government of $ CAD 6 million to the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF).

The historic and innovative pledge, made by Philippe Couillard, Premier of Quebec, in the presence of Michaëlle Jean, Secretary General of the Francophonie and Vice President Al Gore, has set a new tone for cooperation and innovative climate financing.

Chair of the LDC Group, Mr Giza Gaspar-Martins of Angola said: “This announcement from the Premier of Quebec represents the first significant contribution by a sub-national government to a multilateral climate fund. Changing economic realities provide an opportunity for expanding the donor base, allowing non-state actors, such as the Government of Quebec, to show strong leadership and initiative.”

The pledge will be channelled into the only dedicated climate fund channelling money to adaptation projects for the world’s poorest nations.

The LDCF has an immediate purpose of helping the LDCs urgently adapt to immediate climate change impacts that are happening now – a process known as National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs).

There are urgent adaptation needs that need to be met and so far this has not been forthcoming, with the NAPAs only securing one fifth of their funding to date through the LDCF. The LDCs welcome this show of climate solidarity from Quebec.

Giza added: “This contribution also raises an opportunity to encourage the role of innovative sources of finance arising from other share of the proceeds. For example the Quebec regional carbon trading scheme, which was a source of revenue for adaptation finance in this case. It shows that this model can work, which is heartening news for the world’s most vulnerable countries.”

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New LDC Group submission on further guidance to the LDC Fund

Nepal on behalf of the Least Developed Countries Group has made a submission to the UNFCCC on further guidance to the Least Developed Countries Fund.

It is also available on this website’s submissions page.

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LDC Chair’s statement at 46th GEF/LDCF Council Meeting

46th Global Environment Facility/Least Developed Countries Fund Council Meeting

Statement by the Chair of the Least Developed Countries Group 

25-27 May 2014, Cancún, Mexico

Madam Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer,
Council members,
Representatives of GEF Implementing Agencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,

I have the honour to speak on behalf of the Least Developed Countries Group (LDC Group) representing 48 countries that are the most vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change.

I would like to begin by thanking the CEO and Council members of GEF for their continued dedication to the functioning of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF). As the fund is dedicated to addressing the special needs of the LDCs under the UN Climate Change Convention, the Fund’s smooth operation is of particular importance to the LDCs.

Madam Chairperson, in November 2013, the LDC Group congratulated Equatorial Guinea on submission of its National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA). Equatorial Guinea’s submission concludes the NAPA preparation process for all LDC Parties except South Sudan, the newest addition to the LDC category. The LDCs are greatly encouraged by the progress of its members in identifying the urgent and immediate adaptation needs of our vulnerable communities. We now look to GEF to support the full implementation of our NAPAs through the LDCF. Read the rest of this entry »

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New LDC briefings

Three of the LDC group’s series of papers on issues related to the UN climate change negotiations have been summarised into briefings to reach out to a wider audience beyond the LDC Group, and raise broader awareness of LDC concerns in the climate negotiations.

Read more at the LDC paper series page.

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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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LDC group statement at the 37th SBI session

Statement by the Gambia on behalf of the Least Developed Countries Group

The thirty-seventh session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI)

27 November 2012, Doha, Qatar

Mr. Chair,

The Gambia has the honour to speak on behalf of the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Group. We would like to express our sincere appreciation to the Government and the People of Qatar for hosting this negotiating session in Doha and for all the excellent arrangements.

Mr. Chair, this thirty-seventh session of the SBI is of paramount importance for the LDC group, as we expect it to conclude several LDCs matters with concrete proposals to be adopted by COP18. Read the rest of this entry »

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Statement by LDC chair at 12th LDCF/SCCF council meeting – 7 June 2012

Pa Ousman Jarju, chair of the Least Developed Countries group made the following statement at the 12th Least Developed Countries Fund / Special Climate Change Fund Council Meeting at the Global Environment Facility,

Washington, DC on 7 June 2012.

Madam co-chair

Council members

Representatives of GEF implementing Agencies

Distinguished ladies and gentlemen

I would like to thank the GEF for giving me the opportunity to attend this meeting on behalf of the LDC Group.

Let me express the LDCs sincere gratitude to all council members for your efforts in the governance of the LDCF/SCCF.

As you are aware, a total of 47 NAPAs with over 540 projects have been completed and forty-two countries have received approval for the LDCF financing for their NAPA implementation projects.

Currently about sixty-four projects have already been approved:

  • to identify the informational, institutional, policy, capacity and market barriers that need to be overcome to help advance towards climate-resilient development
  • to ensure on-the ground measures are taken in sectors such as water, agriculture and infrastructure, to ensure climate compatible development
  • to scale up priority actions for Climate Resilient Development at national and sub-national levels and seeking dual benefits with on-going mitigation Read the rest of this entry »

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