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Thursday, September 20, 2012

LDCs fear key issues could be lost in climate change negotiations

As the next round of climate negotiations begins in Bangkok, the chair of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) group warned that key issues that are vital to protect the countries from the ravages of climate change and which they are already experiencing could be lost

Bhutan along with the other group of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) that are part of the climate change negotiations, currently being held at Bangkok, Thailand, fear that the key issues which are important to protect the countries from the impact of climate change may be lost in the process of the negotiations.
This was highlighted by the chair of the LDCs group, Pa OusmanJarju, of The Gambia.
He said the LDCs need massively increased finance for adaption and for action to reduce emissions and needed to set up a proper international coordination process to deliver resources for adaption to those in most need.
“We cannot live with these issues being deferred until a new agreement is negotiated in 2015 and would not even come into effect in 2020,” said Pa OusmanJarju.
He said the drought in the USA has cost insurance companies money, but the droughts in LDCs are causing loss of life and livelihoods, malnutrition and huge dislocation which is serious for survival.
“We are experiencing global warming induced drought, water and food shortages now,” he added.
The Durban meeting in December last year agreed on four major tasks for countries to complete by the December 2012 conference in Doha, Qatar.
It includes adoption of a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, start a new treaty negotiation, and raise the level of ambition and to conclude the long negotiations under the 2007 Bali Action Plan which must deliver on finance and adaption.
“The Bali Action Plan is fundamental in protecting the interest of LDCs, right here and right now, and not in ten years time,” said Pa OusmanJarju.
He said is extremely important that governments agree to respect the commitments they have already made to provide finance, technology and capacity building to developing countries and to enhance cooperation to help them adapt to the impacts of climate change.
“We cannot indefinitely delay action, especially with regard to climate change, which is already upon us,” he said. He added governments should not use the focus on a new process to avoid past promises.
“Our attitude towards it reflects our attitude towards any future agreement. Two years of dialogue followed by five years of negotiations with interim key decisions in Cancun and Durban cannot just be ignored as if they never happened,” he said.
A few months back in Bonn, the LDCs called for a quick decision on the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol in order to move forward in the climate negotiations.
The LDCs also submitted a strong set of recommendations to achieve a legally binding agreement. A formal submission to the UNFCCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) was submitted which included various demands.

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