Least Developed Countries want Major Emitters, G20 to Increase Climate Efforts

Environmental News from India: 

The bottom of the economic pyramid is keen on progress on climate finance, loss, and damage, and global adaptation goals.

An informal gathering of ministers from countries party to the Paris Agreement was convened in Denmark earlier this month, ahead of the formal United Nations climate conferences in June and November. The meeting was co-chaired by Alok Sharma, president of the 26th Conference of Parties (CoP 26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and Sameh Shoukry, COP 27 president, to discuss the implementation of commitments made at CoP 26 in Glasgow. 

But were priorities of developing countries given due attention at the ministerial meeting? Down to Earth spoke to Madeleine Diouf Sarr, who chairs the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Group on climate change to understand this. 

According to Sarr, who also heads the climate change division at Senegal’s environment ministry, the ministers present in Denmark displayed strong motivation to proceed towards raising ambition on all fronts to limit global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius over pre-Industrialisationb levels:

  • Mitigation
  • Adaptation
  • loss and damage
  • Finance  

“But this requires governments to take decisive action at the national level — and so far this year progress has been limited,” she told DTE.

The LDC Group is a coalition of 46 low-income countries, and a key negotiating bloc, representing the Global South in UN climate change negotiations. They are at the most economic disadvantage and simultaneously face some of the worst impacts of climate change despite contributing little to the crisis. The members include India’s neighbors like Bangladesh, Bhutan, Afghanistan, and Nepal.

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Source: Down to Earth

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