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Climate agreement text damaged but not lost

Date: 05 December 2015

It is a moment four years in the making, but 195 countries have signed off on a draft climate agreement to go before Ministers next week as negotiations step up a gear in Paris at the COP21 climate summit.

Chair of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) Group, Mr Giza Gaspar-Martins of Angola said: “The issues dear to the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are still not adequately represented within the text. If the climate agreement does not work for the most vulnerable among us, how can we say it has been a success? We cannot.”

The Least Developed Countries (LDC) Group feel the text remains overly long and at this stage still does not have enough emphasis on their key areas of concern: the ambition for a below 1.5 degrees C pathway, transparent and accessible climate finance flows and a new Loss and Damage mechanism within the agreement.

Giza added: “We will maintain our position in the high-level negotiations next week, working hard alongside the Ministers to ensure the agreement reflects the special needs and circumstances of the LDCs.”

This issue is not simply one of finance, but a concern woven throughout the entire agreement.

Giza concluded: “The LDCs stand with the G77 in calling for an ambitious, transparent process, which is true to the principles and spirit of the convention. This group is strong in its resolve to secure an agreement and we are committed to the opportunities this process brings.”

The LDC Group was crucial to establishing the negotiating body in charge of developing the new agreement – the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action ADP – in 2011 at the Durban COP-17.

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