November 14, 2017
As the poorest countries in the world, the LDCs face the unprecedented challenge of lifting people out of poverty and achieving sustainable development while facing the climate crisis, even though their own contributions to climate change are miniscule. Global solidarity and the support of the international community is essential for LDCs to achieve our collective ambitious climate plans, and protect people from the devastating impacts of climate change.
The United Nations climate change negotiations are ongoing (6-17 November 2017) in Bonn, Germany, for the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23). The negotiations are particularly important as there is only one year remaining to finalise the rules that will govern implementation of the Paris Agreement.
The Least Developed Countries Group recently issued the ‘Addis Ababa LDC Ministerial Communiqué on Climate Change’, outlining the Group’s priorities. The Communiqué emanated from the LDCs’ ministerial and strategy meeting held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 2-6 October 2017. Annexed to the Communiqué are the Group’s key messages for the COP 23 on mitigation, adaptation, loss and damage, climate finance, technology, capacity building, gender, transparency of action and support, the global stocktake (GST), and facilitating implementation of and promoting compliance with the Paris Agreement on climate change.
The LDCs express concern over the gap between the level of ambition needed to reach the long-term goal of pursuing efforts to limit global warming to below 1.5°C above preindustrial levels and the current level of ambition, projected to result in an increase of at least 2.8°C by 2100. They highlight adaptation, and loss and damage as “crucial components” of the global response to climate change, and express readiness to formulate National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) by 2020, with support from developed countries and international partners.
At COP23 the LDCs are also driving parties towards overall greater commitments for climate finance and support. In this regard, the LDCs call on developed countries to accelerate delivery on their climate finance obligations and bridge the finance gap.