13 nations speak their mind on climate change burden

Climate change negotiators from >13 Like-Minded Developing Countries (LMDCs) adopted a statement here on Tuesday calling for developed nations to not pass on the financial burden of climate action on developing countries and supporting their efforts to mitigate climate change by contributing climate finance.

The Paris agreement should ensure the provision of adequate support by developed countries to developing countries in meeting their needs and costs of adaptation actions, and responding to loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change, a statement released here said. The countries also called on the developed countries to provide a clear roadmap for raising the promised $ 100 billion per year by 2020 for the Green Climate Fund.

Addressing the concluding session of the two-day meet, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar hoped that the Bonn session in October will come out with an equitable, acceptable, pragmatic text and not a lopsided one. “The Paris climate summit can be a success, only if nations do not indulge in a blame-game,” he said. The 13 participating nations are Argentina, Bolivia, China, Cuba, El Salvador, Ecuador, Iran, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Malaysia, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia and India.

Slow paceof talks

The LMDCs expressed deep disappointment over the lack of text-based negotiations in the last session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) in Bonn, Germany. They were deeply concerned with the slow pace of negotiations given the limited negotiating time left before Conference of Parties (CoP) 21 in Paris.

With regard to mitigation, the countries underscored the need for the provisions of the agreement to fully reflect differentiated responsibilities and distinct development stages of developed and developing countries, with developed countries taking the lead by undertaking ambitious, economy-wide, absolute emission reduction targets and providing finance and technology support to developing countries. The LMDCs expressed strong reservation against any obligatory review mechanism for increasing individual efforts of developing countries.

The countries reiterated their view that the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) have to be comprehensive and cover all elements in accordance with Article 4 of the Convention, which lays down guidelines for national and regional development plans to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and curbing climate change.

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