23 September 2020, Thimphu, Bhutan – “As the world grapples with a pandemic and the worsening climate crisis, international cooperation has never been more important,” says the Chair of the Least Developed Countries Group ahead of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 75).
As the United Nations convenes Heads of State and Government, ministers and international organisations virtually for the General Debate, Mr Sonam P. Wangdi, the Chair of the Group of the 47 Least Developed Countries in the UN climate negotiations (LDC Group), said: “World leaders need to step up to respond collectively to the crises we’re facing. Global problems demand global solutions; cooperation is key.”
“As leaders come together to work on solutions for a world in crisis, it’s imperative that the climate emergency remains at the forefront of considerations. Plans for economic recovery must be aligned with the aims of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.”
“Leaders must make deep cuts to global emissions urgently, while at the same time as increasing support to vulnerable countries for efforts to adapt to climate change and build the resilience of at-risk communities.”
“A safer and more prosperous future for all is possible, but it will require bold action and leadership, and far-reaching transformations across society. This is what we expect from leaders at UNGA 75, not just for dealing with the pandemic but also the very real and increasingly devastating climate crisis.”
UNGA 75 corresponds with Climate Week NYC 2020, the biggest climate gathering of the year, which has also moved mostly-online for the first time. The LDC Group hosted two virtual side events as part of Climate Week NYC 2020:“Initiatives to deliver the LDC vision: Net-zero, climate-resilient development”
“Leading the way: Raising Ambition for 1.5°C-compatible Climate Action”
These events brought together LDC experts and high-level representatives to discuss opportunities for bold, green recovery and building momentum for collective climate action, as well as their priorities and LDC-led initiatives for low-carbon climate-resilient development.
The LDC Group is made up of the 47 poorest countries in the world, which contribute the least to climate change, yet disproportionately suffer from its ever-increasing impacts. Representing over one billion people throughout Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Caribbean, the LDC Group negotiates as a bloc at UN climate change negotiations to secure fair and ambitious action to address the global challenge of climate change.
Mr Sonam Phuntsho Wangdi
Chair of the Least Developed Countries Group
Image: Typhoon, courtesy NASA Goddard Space Center