The LDC Group has developed several initiatives to support the transition towards a climate resilient future. These initiatives focus on several key areas central to LDCs, including access to renewable energy, capacity building in climate research, and development of long term strategies in effective adaptation, resilience and development. Further information on each initiative is outlined below:
LDC Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Initiative for Sustainable Development (LDC REEEI)
The LDC Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Initiative for Sustainable Development, also known as LDC REEEI, outlines a vision of energy for people-centred development that can inspire complementary efforts across the world. The initiative aims to capitalise on the availability of affordable and sustainable renewable energy solutions and promote models of sharing energy that empower communities to take charge of their own futures. As LDC REEEI moves into the implementation stage, we are eager to collaborate with international partners to bring this vision to life.
Visit the LDC REEEI website for more information.
LDC Initiative for Effective Adaptation and Resilience (LIFE-AR)
To overcome the pressing and unprecedented challenge of climate change, the least developed countries (LDCs) require a long-term focus to ensure that resilience and adaptation are consistently built over time.
To date, climate responses have often been short-term, projectised and sectoral, with limited impact due to climate action requiring long term, cross-sectorial and multi-level support. In addition, climate responses have often been defined and led externally and not by LDCs themselves, limiting opportunities for long-term capacity building and the building of LDC systems.
There also remains a gap in knowledge and a lack of an evidence base of what is working in practice to deliver long-term climate resilient development at scale.
The LDC Initiative for Effective Adaptation and Resilience (LIFE-AR) is an LDC-led, LDC-owned initiative to develop a long-term vision for delivering a climate-resilient future. At the UN Secretary General’s Climate Action Summit in New York in September 2019, the LDC Group launched their LDC Group Vision towards a climate-resilient future (available in French here).
LIFE-AR has also delivered a robust review of evidence on effective adaptation and resilience interventions to date. Guided by a network of LDC advisers, practitioners and resilience partners, the evidence review builds on ongoing initiatives and informed the LDC Vision.
LIFE-AR aims to inform the development of adaptation plans; identify immediate priorities that will further build national institutions, domestic systems and capabilities; and further define National Adaptation Plans (NAPs), National Determined Contributions (NDCs) and wider national efforts to build resilience and address poverty.
At COP25 in Madrid, Spain, front runner countries and development partners demonstrated their support for LIFE-AR through signing the LDC 2050 Vision and Compact.
Least Developed Countries Universities Consortium on Climate Change (LUCCC)
LUCCC is a South-South Consortium of 10 Universities from across LDCs to enhance knowledge on climate change through climate capacity building, with a focus on adaptation measures, such as education and research. LUCCC aims to network and develop the capacity of South-South universities to develop common research projects and implement teaching and training programs in different climate change aspects. It is a two-way collaborative capacity building program which will offer help to others and seek support from others to build capacity within LDCs. LUCCC was initiated by the International Centre on Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) in Bangladesh and Makerere University Centre for Climate Change Research and Innovations (MUCCRI) in Uganda.
Visit the LUCCC website for more information.
To put the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement into practice, countries are invited to formulate and communicate by 2020 “long-term, low greenhouse gas emission development strategies”. The world’s 47 Least Developed Countries pushed for the Paris Agreement to embrace this long-term outlook, in their belief that ambitious, visionary planning is essential if the world is to limit warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. With the 2020 deadline quickly approaching, LDCs are eager to help raise collective ambition once again and act as a force for transformation, leading by example and using their strong moral voice to catalyse action by others. Some LDCs are now considering preparing their long-term strategies, showing the rest of the world that it is feasible – and beneficial – to operate differently, spearheading a more purposeful, climate-centric development dynamic towards poverty eradication.