Building back better: the challenges facing LDCs in the lead-up to LDCV

London, 26 July (LDC News) —  “We are in the midst of an unprecedented crisis. The severity of its impact is felt globally, the LDCs are bearing its heaviest brunt”. This is how Rabab Fatima, Permanent Representative of Bangladesh, and Co-chair of LDCV Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) described the challenges facing LDCs.

The upcoming UN Conference on Least Developed Countries (LDCV) next January is a crucial moment to take stock of progress and challenges for LDCs. So how does the balance sheet look? Not good. Sadly, most of the progress made since LDCIV in 2011 has been eradicated by Covid-19, with UNCTAD estimating it will take more than five years for the poorest LDCs like Benin, Sudan and Timor-Leste to recover. Continue reading

Women’s groups from Asia Pacific concerned aboout Poland’s plan to suppress civil society at COP24

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

UN competition for LDC Journalists offers winners a trip to Sustainable Energy Forum in Portugal in May

 Calling all journalists from the Least Developed Countries

The United Nations is looking for inspiring stories on how sustainable energy positively impacts communities and individuals in the world’s Least Developed Countries. Three winners of the ‘Voices of A Brighter Future’ competition will have their work featured by the United Nations and other news outlets, with travel and expenses covered to report from the Sustainable Energy for All Forum in Lisbon, Portugal 2-3 May 2018. Continue reading

COP23: LDC CSOs call for a transformation of the energy system

LDC Watch along with five other likeminded organizations organized a side event “Reclaiming Power: People vs. Polluters” at COP23. This focused on how the Paris Accord can only be met by transforming the current energy system, and the meeting stressed that the next move is for a transformation to a clean energy system with special consideration towards energy sustainability, energy security and energy equity aspects of the LDCs. Continue reading

COP23: Developing countries disastisfied on lack of progress on finance and adaption issues

Tetet Nera Lauron, Bonn (IBON) 18 Nov: The annual climate summit enters its final days, with the hopes of coming to an agreement on a rulebook that clarifies how the 2015 Paris Agreement will be realized as the global response to climate change. The 23rd Conference of Parties (COP 23) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is meeting in Germany with the government of Fiji presiding, with the objective of uniting different governments and other actors on how to keep global temperature increase well below 2 degrees Celsius, and if possible, below 1.5 degrees. Continue reading

People, planet and the climate talks: poles apart?

November 10, Bonn, IBON International Updates, Tetet Nera-Lauron, – The 23rd Conference of Parties (COP 23) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) taking part in Bonn, is expected to come out with decisions on a range of issues, including (a) the ‘Paris Rulebook’ – the manual that details how the 2015 agreement will be implemented; (b) a ‘Facilitative Dialogue’ to track progress on countries’ implementing the domestic actions they pledged to do; (c) what money is forthcoming and who will foot the bill for lowering emissions and transitioning to low-carbon economies (mitigation) and helping those who face the severest impacts of climate change (adaptation), and (d) how the global community responds as the impacts get more frequent and intense, and the damages are permanent and go beyond the economic sphere (loss and damage). Continue reading

Des leaders de la société civile réclament de meilleurs termes de l’échange et un plus grand accès au marché international pour les produits des PMA

Gèneve 27 septembre– Des leaders de la société civile de pays en voie de développement ont appelé les pays riches à ouvrir leurs marchés et à offrir des opportunités commerciales équitables aux produits des pays pauvres et en voie de développement. Prenant la parole mardi, à l’occasion d’un programme interactif organisé par l’Observatoire des PMA (OPMA), un réseau des organisations de la société des 47 pays les moins avancés – Demba Moussa Dembele, directeur du Forum africain des alternatives, a dit que des politiques, comme ‘l’Amérique d’abord’, font plus de mal aux pays pauvres et en voie de développement. Continue reading

Civil society leaders call for better trade terms and more access to world market for LDC products

 Geneva, 26 September 2017 — Civil society leaders from Least Developed Countries, the world’s poorest countries, called on rich countries to open up their markets and allow fair and equitable trade opportunities for products from the poor and developing countries. Continue reading