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Least Developed Countries React to Bonn Climate Talks

Date: 14 June 2024

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BONN, GERMANY: 14 June 2024 – Following two weeks of climate negotiations setting the course for COP29 this November, the Chair of the Least Developed Countries Group, Evans Njewa, commented: 

“We are deeply concerned that the discussions in some areas did not reflect the urgency of the crisis we face. It is vital that climate action accelerates in this critical decade to keep 1.5°C in reach. But across many areas, discussions were stalled. 

We hoped to make more progress towards the new goal on climate finance. There is currently a huge gap between support needed for climate action and finance provided. The new goal must match the needs of our countries to mitigate climate change, adapt to its impacts, and address loss and damage. 

Addressing loss and damage is a key pillar of the Paris Agreement; its costs cannot be left out of the new goal. The establishment of the Loss and Damage Fund was a great breakthrough in dealing with this issue, but it needs to be capitalized to be useful. As we have made clear, the new goal must, at a minimum, include loss and damage response alongside mitigation and adaptation as respective sub-goals.

The least developed countries have emitted the least but we find ourselves on the frontlines of the climate crisis. Economic costs are overwhelming our governments, undermining hard-won development gains and perpetuating cycles of poverty and vulnerability. These special circumstances of our countries must be recognised in the international community’s response to climate change.”

With world leaders meeting at the G7 summit today in Italy, Mr Njewa said, “We need to be seeing more from the G7 because they have both the responsibility and the capability to do more. This forum is an opportunity to demonstrate accelerated action to reduce emissions, phase out fossil fuels and increase climate finance in line with their commitments.”

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For further information, please contact the LDC Group Press Office:
Mathews Malata: +265 (0) 999 64 61 14 | Yohane Chideya: +265 (0) 884 02 12 07
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Notes to the editor:

The 60th session of the Subsidiary Bodies (SB60) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was convened in Bonn from June 3rd to 13th, 2024.

The Least Developed Countries (LDC) Group  is made up of 45 countries across Africa, the Asia-Pacific and the Caribbean, with a joint population of over one billion people. Incredibly vulnerable to environmental and economic shocks, and disproportionately affected by the climate crisis, our countries negotiate together as a bloc at UN climate talks to advance our shared interest in a fair and ambitious global response to climate change.   

Evans Njewa is the current Chair of the Least Developed Countries Group, and the Head of Climate Change and UNFCCC Focal Point for the Government of Malawi.

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