Least Developed Countries Call for ‘Ambitious Action’ at COP22

climate-changeThe chair of the Least Developed Countries group, Tosi Mpanu-Mpanu, called for “fair and ambitious action” Monday at the next round of international climate change negotiations which begin on Nov. 7 in Marrakech, Morocco. Mpanu-Mpanu, from the Democratic Republic of Congo on climate issues, said that the next round of UN climate talks, COP22, must be “an action and implementation COP” and “construct robust rules to support the [Paris] Agreement’s implementation.” Continue reading

Climate Doomsday – a step closer?

climate-change-and-agricultureBaher Kamal Oct 27 2016 (IPS) – Almost inadvertently, humankind is getting closer everyday to the point of no-return towards what could be called the ‘climate doomsday’. Globally averaged concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere has surged again to new records in 2016… and will not dip below pre-2015 levels for many generations. Continue reading

LDC Group of countries outlines its priorities for COP22 meeting

less-developed-countries-1-728In the run-up to the COP22 in Marrakesh, the group of 48 LDC countries outline the priorities they will be pushing for at COP22. These cover mitigation, adaptation, Loss and Damage, finance, Capacity building and Technology Development and Transfer, tranparency framework, global stocktake and compliance. Continue reading

Developing countries release $100B Climate Finance Roadmap for 2020

tuvalu-climate-changeOctober 21- 2016 Han Chen Jake Schmidt, National Resources Defence Coucil: This week developed countries released a “Roadmap” for how they will mobilise climate finance between now and 2020. This funding will help developing countries build low carbon and climate resilient economies and is an integral part of the Paris Agreement where countries agreed to mobilise $100 billion annually from 2020 to 2025.   Continue reading

Climate change: temperature rises must be kept to 1.5C if LDCs are to survive

haiti-hurricane11 October 2016, John Vidal, Guardian: As the climate agreement is ratified, developing nations warn that money pledged is still nowhere near enough to adapt to expected sea level rises. Back-slapping for the speed at which the Paris agreement on climate change has been ratified is being tempered by the reality that the new treaty will not stop catastrophic warming, and the money so far pledged by rich countries is nowhere near enough to allow developing countries to adapt to expected sea level rises and more extreme weather. Continue reading

Pacific LDCS – Wave energy could provide the answer to the Islands’ energy needs

wave-energy– Waves are ubiquitous in the more than 20 island states scattered across 165 million square kilometres of the Pacific Ocean. But this year, following a ground-breaking study by oceanographic experts, they are now seen as an economically viable source of renewable energy in the region. The Pacific Community’s wave energy cost analysis report presents tangible costs of purchasing, installing, operating and maintaining wave energy devices in the region for the first time and concludes that “the costs of generating energy using waves are on par with other renewable energies, such as wind and solar.” Continue reading

Civil Society Forum for Least Developed Countries asks international community to stick to its pledges to support poorest countries.

LDC NEws logo smallLDCwatchlogo19 May 2016, London/Kathmandu: Hundreds of civil society representatives from the global South will attend the LDC Civil Society Forum in Antalya, Turkey 27-29 May. They will be lobbying the international community to fulfil the pledges made in 2011 to help Least Developed Countries (LDCs) lift their populations out of poverty. Continue reading

Progress of The World’s Least Developed Countries to be Reviewed

LDCsAruna DuttMay 15 2016 (IPS) – The United Nations will undertake a major review of progress made in the world’s 48 Least Developed Countries (LDCs) later this month at the  Midterm Review of the Istanbul Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries in Antalya, Southern Turkey, from 27 to 29 May. The countries defined by the UN as Least Developed Countries (LDCs) represent the poorest and under-developed segment of the international community. Continue reading