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Sonam Phuntsho Wangdi (Kingdom of Bhutan)

As Chair of the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Group on climate change, it is with great pleasure that I provide this introduction to the work of our group.

The LDC Group is made up of the 47 poorest countries in the world, which contribute the least to climate change, yet disproportionately suffer from its ever-increasing impacts. Representing almost one billion people throughout Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Caribbean, we work at the UN climate change negotiations to secure fair and ambitious action to tackle the global challenge of climate change.

With strong scientific evidence brought by the IPCC on the effects of global warming, the urgency for all countries to step up and address the climate crisis now has never been clearer. The successful adoption of the implementation guidelines for the Paris Agreement in December 2018 in Katowice has provided a good basis to start turning commitments into concrete policies, laws and systems. Yet it is clear that more ambition and early and bold action are badly needed to achieve crucial results in time. We also need to see greater levels of climate finance provided to support poorer countries in adapting to climate change, addressing loss and damage, and in leapfrogging to low-carbon development pathways.

This is why the LDC Group is looking forward to taking part in high-level political and technical events in 2019 and 2020, where it will continue to offer leadership and cooperation to limit global temperature increases to 1.5°C and to work with our partners across the world to implement concrete actions that will be felt back home in our communities.

As Chair of the LDC Group I am honoured to work with all concerned in our common efforts to tackle climate change. We hope you find the information contained on this website useful, and welcome continued dialogue and support.

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