LDCs Call for Higher Climate Ambition by All Countries
The Least Developed Countries (LDC) Group issued the ‘Addis Ababa LDC Ministerial Communiqué on Climate Change,’ outlining the Group’s priorities for the UN Climate Change Conference, scheduled to take place in Bonn, Germany, from 6-17 November 2017. In the Communiqué, LDC Ministers and Heads of Delegation, inter alia, emphasize that global climate action “must be fair and equitable to advance the interests and aspirations of poor and vulnerable countries and peoples.” They highlight the need for support to enable the LDCs’ delivery and implementation of climate commitments reflected in their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and other climate plans, in order to ensure equitable and effective global transition to a zero-carbon society. The LDCs express concern over the gap between the level of ambition needed to reach the long-term goal of pursuing efforts to limit global warming to below 1.5°C above preindustrial levels and the current level of ambition, projected to result in an increase of at least 2.8°C by 2100, even with the full implementation of current emission reduction pledges and commitments. They highlight adaptation and loss and damage as “crucial components” of the global response to climate change, and express readiness to formulate National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) by 2020, with support from developed countries and international partners... UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Achim Steiner underscored that, while all countries are seeking new ways to address shocks from crises, economic stagnation, inequality and poverty, they begin their “journey” towards the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development from different starting points.