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
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
14 November, 2018, Chiang Mai, Thailand: Women’s groups from Asia Pacific are deeply concerned about the bill passed by the Polish Government that will prevent any ‘spontaneous’ public gathering of climate groups during COP24 and subject human rights defenders to state-led surveillance including access and storing all personal information. They fear the Bill is setting a dangerous precedent that undermines human rights and fundamental freedoms, particularly including the right to freedom of peaceful assembly, association and of speech, and the right to privacy in the context of digital technologies, multilateral process, and the role and importance of peoples’ organisations in fighting climate change. Continue reading
While the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned that an increase in global warming will adversely affect livestock and crop production, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, herders have already seen increasingly unpredictable weather patterns, drought, floods, and land degradation threaten their way of life. Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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.
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