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.

However LDC Ministers were gravely concerned at the increasingly severe climate impacts already experienced by LDCs at the current level of warming, and highlighted the disproportionately higher future risks for LDCs, as evidenced in the IPCC Special Report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C.

“It is clear that to address the climate challenge immediate action is required to implement transformative change across societies. Ministers emphasised the need for the rapid deployment of proven, real climate solutions such as scaling up renewable energy, eradicating energy waste, managing the rapid decline of fossil fuels, and protecting and expanding forests, soils and natural systems. Ministers also recognised that any possibility of future technological solutions cannot excuse delaying action.”

Climate finance a key issue

A key issue discussed at the meeting was climate finance. Mr. Endalew commented: “Ministers stressed that the ambitious climate plans LDCs have put forward cannot be achieved without predictable, accessible, adequate and sustained financial, capacity building and technological support from developed countries and international partners.”

On the upcoming climate negotiations in Katowice, Mr. Endalew said: “The LDCs look forward to the adoption of a comprehensive, robust and effective set of guidelines at COP24 that will enable full and ambitious implementation of the Paris Agreement. It will be particularly important that the guidelines facilitate action to address loss and damage and to adapt to climate change.”

“The LDCs look forward to a formal political declaration and COP decision on the Talanoa Dialogue at COP24, sending a strong political call for fair and ambitious climate action.”

“In Paris the world laid down a blueprint, and now in Katowice we must finalise the structure that will bring the spirit and vision of the Paris Agreement to life – achieving the 1.5°C temperature goal and protecting communities across the world from the devastating impacts of climate change.”.

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