The Least Developed Countries (LDC) Group supports LDCs to negotiate as a bloc at the intergovernmental negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change sessions, to effectively represent their collective needs.

The LDC Group participates at UNFCCC sessions and issues key statements reflecting their collective position. The LDC Group will continue to offer leadership and cooperation to limit global temperature increases to 1.5°C, working with partners across the world.

The LDCs are 47 nations that are particularly vulnerable to climate change but have done the least to cause the problem. Through the coordination of the LDC Group, they play a leadership role in the collective global efforts to prevent dangerous climate change.

LDC Group Chairs convene the LDC Group to develop common positions, and common interests, on different negotiating issues. On behalf of the LDC Group, LDC Chairs are invited to speak at negotiation sessions and submit statements to the UNFCCC.

From the LDC Chair

Chair of the LDC Group Sonam Wangdi

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 over 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.

Sonam Phuntsho Wangdi