The group of 49 least developed countries (LDC) represents 12% of the world population. The main negotiator in international talks on climate change Quamrul Chowdury, a lead climate negotiator of the LDC Group, told Climate News Network that the LDCs intend to take
the lead in reducing emissions despite having little available means to do so.
“The LDCs’ prepared to act as a very active group. They will lead and give a great example, making concrete steps,” said Chowdury. “The LDCs will not wait for others to act, even though they are least responsible for the increase in these emissions.”
In less developed countries, including Afghanistan and Somalia, and island nations such as Kiribati and Tuvalu, for which the rise in sea level is already a painful reality. The international community initially asked these countries to reduce the use of fossil fuels, but ultimately still use exceptionally, to escape from extreme poverty.
According to Chowdury, the same countries could now play a leading role in the field of clean technologies and adaptation efforts to climate change. “Bangladesh, Nepal and Mozambique are examples of successful adaptation,” he added. “These measures will be implemented on a larger scale and replicate. Others can learn from how the LDCs address climate adversities in everyday life.“
Welcomed the initiative of the head of the UN climate Christiana Figueres, writing on Twitter that the LDCs have demonstrated “outstanding leadership in view of an agreement in 2015,” which is intended to replace Kyoto by 2020.
Moreover, Afghanistan became the latest country to ratify the Kyoto Protocol. Now called upon to develop an adaptation to climate change and low carbon infrastructure development.
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