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LDC Press Release: Building on Political Momentum in Bonn

 

Bonn, 16 May 2016: On the 10th-11th May the Least Developed Countries met in Bonn to prepare for the upcoming climate negotiations beginning on 16th May. This preparatory meeting has been an important opportunity for all LDC negotiators to come together and further develop the collective goals of the LDCs in light of the Bonn negotiations, during which work will begin on developing the modalities, guidelines and procedures for implementation of the Paris Agreement.

Chair of the LDC group, Tosi Mpanu-Mpanu, said ‘despite bearing little historic responsibility for climate change, the LDCs have led by example, with unfaltering ambition and a continuing push for fair outcomes in the global community’s response to climate change. This ambition and collective spirit has been clearly displayed during our preparatory meetings and we are in a strong position to engage in the upcoming negotiations.’

The LDCs have contributed very little to causing climate change, yet are the most vulnerable to its damaging impacts. As the 48 poorest countries in the world, the LDCs also have the least capacity to adapt to climate change. As Mr Mpanu-Mpanu states, ‘the international climate regime is about more than just strategies and plans, it’s about people. We need to be able to give concrete effects to the Paris Agreement as soon as possible, and the round of Bonn is an opportunity to continue maintaining trust between us.’

The majority of LDCs have signed the Paris Agreement and many have begun the process of ratification of the Agreement, which Mr Mpanu-Mpanu states ‘is both a testament to the LDCs and an example of our readiness to work with the global community in combatting climate change.’

The LDC group continues to emphasise the importance of leadership by developed countries, and the facilitation of actions by all Parties to work towards achieving the historic goals adopted in Paris; ‘while the LDCs have the will to act, we lack the capacity and resources to do the heavy lifting required to address climate change’,  Mr Mpanu-Mpanu states. For the LDCs, taking much needed action on climate change relies on the securing of financial, technological and capacity-building support for on-the-ground action. This remains a key priority of LDC negotiators.

‘The LDC group looks forward to engaging in the negotiations in Bonn, and is encouraged by the record number of countries who united in New York to sign the Paris Agreement last month. This demonstrates that there is political momentum globally to set to work constructing the further arrangements for the Paris Agreement that will bring the next phase of the global climate regime to life.’

For further interviews or information on LDCs’ views on the final agreement please contact: LDC.CHAIR.DRC@gmail.com.

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LDC Group statement at opening of SBI 43

Opening of the 43rd Meeting of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 43)

Statement by the Republic of Angola on behalf of the Least Developed Countries Group

1 December 2015, Paris, France

Mr. Chair, Distinguished Delegates, Angola has the honour to speak on behalf of the Group of Least Developed Countries. We associate our statement with the statement made by South Africa on behalf of the G77 and China, Sudan on behalf of the African Group, and Maldives on behalf of AOSIS.

Regarding work under the SBI here in Paris, we have all noted the severe lack of time.  In this regard, we welcome your proposal on the way to conduct our work with the grouping of the agenda items into three categories.

Let me assure you, Mr. Chair, that you have the full support of the LDC Group in working towards an early conclusion of the items under the SBI.

Mr. Chair, the findings of the structured expert dialogue on the 2013-2015 review underscores that significant climate impacts are already occurring at the current level of global warming and that additional magnitudes of warming will only Read the rest of this entry »

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LDC Group statement at closing of SBI 42

Closing of the forty-second session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 42)

Statement by the Republic of Angola on behalf of the Least Developed Countries Group

11 June 2015, Bonn, Germany

Mr. Chair, Distinguished Delegates, Angola has the honour to speak on behalf of the Group of Least Developed Countries. We associate with the statement made by South Africa in on behalf of the G77 and China and with Sudan on behalf of the African Group and Maldives on behalf AOSIS.

Mr. Chair, as we conclude our session here at SBI 42, we find that there is still much work to be done in our efforts to address climate change though the UNFCCC process.

The LDC Group welcomed the Structured Expert Dialogue Report but the conclusions are stark. The report recognizes that current global temperature increase of 0.85 degrees Celsius above pre industrial levels is already causing widespread impact on the 850 million people of the LDCs. The risks are just too high for LDCs for a temperature increase of 2 degrees Celsius. A 2 degree target runs counter to the ultimate objective of the Convention. We therefore would like to see Long Term Global Goal be set at below 1.5 degrees Celsius. The LDCs remain committed in seeing below 1.5 degrees Celsius anchored in the new Climate Agreement. We would like to see the ADP take into consideration the outcome of the SED report and increase its ambition and put us on a 1.5 pathway in the name of humanity.  Read the rest of this entry »

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LDC Group statement at opening of SBI 42

Opening of the forty-second session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 42)

Statement by the Republic of Angola on behalf of the Least Developed Countries Group

1 June 2015, Bonn, Germany

Mr. Chair, Distinguished Delegates, Angola has the honour to speak on behalf of the Group of Least Developed Countries. We associate ourselves with the statement made by South Africa on behalf of the G77 and China and with Sudan on behalf of the African Group and Maldives on behalf AOSIS.

At the outset, allow me to express our solidarity with the government and people of Nepal on the massive earthquakes that struck the country. We send our prayers and condolences for the great loss of life, the disruption of livelihoods and irreparable damage to globally significant heritage sites. This tragedy is a stark reminder of the low capacity and vulnerability of LDCs due to the fragility of our natural and human systems.

Mr. Chair, with regard to our work under SBI at this session, we have several agenda items that are of great importance to our Group. Read the rest of this entry »

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LDC Group statement at closing of SBI 41

Closing of the forty-first session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 41)

Statement by Nepal on behalf of the Least Developed Countries Group

5 December 2014, Lima, Peru

Mr. Chair and distinguished delegates, Nepal has the honour to speak on behalf of the LDC Group.

Chair, for the LDC Group, adaptation is of the utmost priority. Here in Lima, we made some progress in our process for National Adaptation Plans (NAPs). We all recognised that the process to formulate and implement NAPs is fundamental to reducing vulnerability to climate change, and have agreed that the National Adaptation Plan is an important vehicle in this process.

We look forward to further enhancing the ways to communicate and report adaptation needs to the Convention process. We also call for adequate support for the formulation and implementation of NAPs.

Chair, the LDC Group welcomes the Second Review of the Adaptation Fund (AF). We are deeply concerned about the sustainability of the AF. The decreasing prices of Certified Emissions Reductions have led to insufficient and unreliable funding for the AF, threatening the capacity of the fund to continue its operation. Read the rest of this entry »

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LDC Group statement at opening of SBI 41

Opening of the forty-first session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 41)

Statement by Nepal on behalf of the Least Developed Countries Group

1 December 2014, Lima, Peru

Mr. Chairman and distinguished delegates, good afternoon. Nepal has the honour to speak on behalf of the LDC Group. I would like to associate myself with the statements made by Bolivia on behalf of G77 and China.

Mr. Chair, from the outset, allow me to thank you for the various reports, analysis and compilation of information you have made available on different agenda items under the SBI. The LDCs have full confidence in your chairmanship of this important body, and believe that our discussions will reach to the best possible outcomes.

Mr. Chair, on matters relating to LDCs, we would like to flag the need for a decision to enable the full implementation of all elements of the LDC work programme. We would like to ask for due consideration of recommendations provided by the Least Developed Countries Expert Group in its reports. We would also urge Parties to replenish the LDC Fund to support our countries in the implementation of our National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs) and the formulation of our National Plans of Action (NAPs) in a timely manner. Read the rest of this entry »

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New LDC Group submission on NAPs

Nepal on behalf of the Least Developed Countries Group has made a submission to the UNFCCC on National Adaptation Plans.

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

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