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LDC group statement at the ADP2-2 closing plenary

Date: 13 June 2013

Second part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2-2)

Closing statement by Nepal on behalf of the Least Developed Countries Group

Bonn, Germany

Co-chairs and distinguished delegates,

I have the honour to deliver this statement on behalf of the LDC Group. We associate ourselves with the statements made by Fiji on behalf of G77 and China, by Swaziland on behalf of the Africa Group and by Nauru on behalf of AOSIS.

Our 850 million people are among the most exposed, the most vulnerable, and the least able to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change.

In recent months, reports and research have clearly shown that our planet is on track for a four-degree temperature increase by the end of the 21st century. This will have detrimental and disruptive consequences on our livelihoods, economies and ecosystems.

Co-chairs, the related decrease in crop production and water availability, or the increased frequency and severity of extreme weather events, have the potential to roll back decades of development and trap our populations in hardship and extreme poverty.

It is our common responsibility to prevent the adverse impacts of climate change. Only an equitable, ambitious and effective protocol, to be adopted in 2015, will have the potential to ensure the survival of the most vulnerable including women and children, and promote access to sustainable growth for all.

Significant progress has been made during these two weeks. However, divergences persist and they should be dealt with in a constructive manner to achieve our mandate under the decision 1/CP17.

For this, we need to move forward to a more focused mode of negotiations. Our group urges the negotiating text to be available by the end of COP20.

Further engagement of Parties is needed under Workstream 1 to anchor all the elements for defining the overall architecture of the 2015 agreement, which should cover: mitigation, consistent with limiting warming to 1.5°C; enhanced action on adaptation; loss and damage; finance; technology; capacity building; transparency of actions and support.

Co-chairs, we reiterate that the 2015 agreement should be based on science and equity.

Workstream 2 calls for urgency and concrete actions starting in 2014. We call for rapidly enhanced mitigation actions under the leadership of developed countries. Together with this, ambition by developing countries should be triggered by appropriate means of implementation.

Co-chairs, we thank you for your leadership and a job well done. We look forward to your final note, reflecting the progress achieved to date. This will be valuable for laying a solid foundation for the further progress of ADP. We also congratulate the new co-chairs and assure them of our full support in their work.

The LDC group would like to thank the city of Bonn, the government and people of Germany for their hospitality, and the UNFCCC Secretariat for the perfect organization of this session.

Finally, we urge all Parties to come to Warsaw prepared for constructive engagement.

Thank you.

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