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

Least Developed Countries Urge Adoption of Paris Guidelines to move towards Rapid Climate Action

Following a meeting in Addis Ababa to discuss preparations for COP24 climate negotiations in Katowice, Poland in December 2018,  Gebru Jember Endalew, Chair of the LDC Group, said the world’s 47 LDCs need climate action and collaboration to lift their people out of poverty and achieve low-carbon, climate-resilient sustainable development. Continue reading

Rich Nations Vowed Billions for Climate Change. Poor Countries Are Waiting.

HONG KONG, Mike Ives, New York Times, 13 September 2018— When industrialized nations pledged in 2009 to mobilize $100 billion a year by 2020 to help the poorest countries deal with climate change, it won over some sceptics in the developing world who had argued that rich nations should pay up for contributing so much to the problem. But so far only $3.5 billion is committed out of $10.3 billion pledged to the UN Green Climate Fund (GCF). Continue reading

Climate Change meeting in Bangkok – LDC Group says little progress means daunting task to conclude Paris Agreement Rulebook

13 Sept 2018, Bangkok As the United Nations Climate Change negotiations drew to a close in Bangkok, Thailand last weekend, the Least Developed Countries Group drew attention to outstanding problems to be resolved, particularly climate finance and loss and damage. The meeting was the final gathering of countries before they meet to agree the implementation guidelines for the Paris Agreement in Katowice, Poland this December. Continue reading

Samir Amin, Third World Champion and intellectual, dies

On Sunday, 12 August 2018, shortly after 4pm (local) Professor Samir Amin, African scholar and Marxist dies in hospital in Paris, where he had been flown for emergency treatment at the end of July. He was 87. All his life Amin was a Marxist, and also a pragmatist. He played a central role in advisory sessions over the prior two decades with the likes of Castro, Chavez and the world’s most respected grassroots activists. Continue reading

Bonn cimate Meeting: “Very little time left to develop rules to implement Paris Agreement before the December 2018 deadline”, say LDC group of countries

The UN climate change negotiations being held in Bonn, Germany come at a critical time as countries work to finalise the rules and processes to operate Paris Agreement, while the impacts of climate change are intensifying.

Chair of the Least Developed Countries (LDC) group, Gebru Jember Endalew, said: “Climate change is a critical issue and an urgent, global response is required. Lives and livelihoods across the world are on the line, particularly in the LDCs. We have a very small window of time left to develop a set of clear, comprehensive, and robust rules to enable full and ambitious implementation of the Paris Agreement before the December 2018 deadline.

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Bhutan, Kiribati, São Tomé and Principe, and the Solomon Islands to ‘graduate’ out of LDC category

March 22, 2018:  in its 2018 Triennial Review the UN Committee for Development Policy (CDP) have recommended that four LDCs: Bhutan, Kiribati, São Tomé and Principe, and the Solomon Island graduate out of the LDC category to being ‘developing countries’. The CDP added that Kiribati’s graduation is contingent on the creation of a category of countries facing extreme vulnerability to environmental shocks, including climate change. This is the first time that four countries have been recommended for graduation in a single triennial review. Continue reading