LDC 2050 Vision

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 (also available in French).

Our Vision is for all Least Developed Countries to be on climate-resilient development pathways by 2030 and deliver net-zero emissions by 2050 to ensure our societies and ecosystems thrive.

Our Vision unites and draws on the knowledge, resources and work of three initiatives developed by the LDC Group to support the transition towards a climate resilient future: LDC Initiative for Effective Adaptation and Resilience (LIFE-AR), LDC Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Initiative for Sustainable Development (LDC REEEI) and LDCs Universities Consortium on Climate Change (LUCCC).

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.

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.

The LDC Initiative for Effective Adaptation and Resilience (LIFE-AR) is an LDC-led, LDC-owned initiative which 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.

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.

LIFE-AR has delivered a robust review of evidence on effective adaptation and resilience interventions to date (French version). Guided by a network of LDC advisers, practitioners and resilience partners, the evidence review builds on ongoing initiatives and informed the LDC Vision. The evidence review data analysis table for the report can be downloaded here.

Since COP25, front runner countries and development partners have demonstrated their support for LIFE-AR through signing the LIFE-AR Partnership Compact. Visit this page to read the  latest updates on LIFE-AR at COP28.

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.

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.