LDC ministerial meeting endorses stronger climate action

Choki Wangmo

The 47th ministerial meeting on climate change among the least developed countries (LDCs) in Thimphu discussed and endorsed agenda for the Conference of Parties (COP25) in December.

The ministers emphasised the need to reduce the green house gas (GHG) emissions to limit global warming to 1.5°C.

The recent special report on land, climate change, and the ocean and cryosphere, published by Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), highlighted the damaging impact climate change has on agriculture and important biospheres critical to LDCs’ livelihoods and food security. Continue reading

Bearing the brunt

By: Ngamindra Dahal and Bhagirath Yogi

Historically LDCs’ contributions to climate change is negligible but over a billion people in the low income countries are increasingly bearing the brunt.

Nearly 70 people died due to a monsoon landslide in Myanmar’s Mon State. According to officials, the landslide took place when the mountain side of Ma-lat mountain collapsed due to heavy rainfall in Paung township in early hours of August 9. The remains of the collapse buried residents, houses and vehicles, reports said. Continue reading

How we manage land is critical to climate justice

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One of the fundamental truths of the climate crisis is that the countries and people who did least to create the problem are, in general, hit hardest by its effects.

The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), on climate change and land use, is a major piece of work. It deals with such complex issues as the balance between land as a source of greenhouse gas emissions and land as a carbon sink.While the implications of its findings for the future of rich country diets has grabbed the headlines, its warnings for climate justice are significant.
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What graduating out of LDC status means for Bangladesh

Achieving developing economy status would mean reduction in the informal economy as a share of GDP. Photo: Star

Habibullah N Karim, The Daily Star— It is indeed a seminal event in the history of Bangladesh that the UN last year declared Bangladesh eligible to step up to a developing economy from being a Least Developed Country (LDC). Of course the process is gradual and due to take effect in 2024 with a grace period of three years to wean off the special dispensations of the LDC status. Continue reading

Climate change reveals underlying threats to urban water

Lines of people waited to collect drinking water during the drought in Cape Town, South Africa, January 2018.
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By : Marianne Kjellén, Senior Water Advisor, UNDP

UNDP— Fears of cities running out of water have become very real in several parts of the world, most recently in South Asia in places such as Karachi, Islamabad, Chennai, and Delhi. These crises reveal severe underlying problems with water resource management and distribution.    Continue reading

COP24 fails to reach deal to help LDCs

Quamrul Chowdhury, Daily Star: 26 December:  Amid deep frustration of scientists and activists, the political economy of climate change has taken a new turn at the ever-widening gulf between science and politics as a depleted number of official delegates from around 200 countries struggled to reach a common ground at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, or COP24, in Katowice, Poland.

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Climate change talks in Poland: Rich countries are not paying their fair share says civil society

6 December 2018: A new review of climate targets says the global distribution of wealth shows how ‘fair shares’ should work, as the richest 10%t of the global population receives 52% of global income, must take greater responsibility for creating climate change, and has greater capacity to prevent the situation worsening.. The report After Paris: inequality, fair shares, and the climate emergency has been released during the UN climate conference in Poland (COP24) by social movements, NGOs, trade unions, faith and other civil society groups. Continue reading

LDCs know Paris Agreement needs strong rules, if their countries are not to face extinction

Gebru Jember Endalew, Chair the 47-strong least developed countries (LDCs) group at the UN climate negotiations, says that LDCs’ vulnerabilities to climate change mean they are hurt the most by its effects; floods, droughts and storms stunt their development. The science is clear that these impacts – and more – are only going to increase in intensity and frequency. LDCs are among those who suffer the most from climate change, despite contributing the least to its cause. Continue reading

LDCs must nurture dynamic businesses that create jobs and help end poverty, says new UN Report

Governments in Least Developed Countries need to adopt a “pragmatic, strategic and evolutionary” approach to strengthen their public sector capacity, bring about institutional reform and promote policy learning, says a new United Nations report.  Entrepreneurs in LDCs are marred by limited finances, weak infrastructure, and, often, elevated political, economic and environmental risks, so they are “forced into” small-scale, low-value economic activities, stifling growth, says the latest Least Developed Countries Report 2018, ‘Entrepreneurship for Structural Transformation’, issued by UNCTAD. Continue reading