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LDCs in UNFCCC to confer in June



KATHMANDU: Representatives of all 49 member countries in the Least Developed Countries Group (LDC Group) in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), are scheduled to gather in Bonn of Germany to discuss the upcoming framework of the 2015 protocol from June 3 to 14.

Talking to this daily, Chair of the LDC group and Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology Prakash Mathema said Nepal will speak up for the common agendas of 49 countries in the conference.

"The deliberations will focus on legal aspects of the proposed agreement of 2015 as well as issues related to decreasing emission level by 2020, the deadline year for the ratification of the protocol," added Mathema.

The Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 38) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 38) will discuss various issues regarding the implementation and technical aspects of climate change impacts.

Likewise, the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP), another subsidiary body, will develop a protocol, another legal instrument or an agreed outcome with legal force under the Convention applicable to all parties.

ADP is expected to complete its work as early as possible but no later than 2015 in order to adopt this protocol, legal instrument or agreed outcome with legal force at the 21st session of the conference of the parties so that it can come into effect and be implemented from 2020.

Mathema said the meeting will also work towards making developed countries — who contribute to temperature increment — morally responsible for supporting vulnerable countries like Nepal, island countries, and others facing the adverse impacts of climate change.

He further hoped to make the meeting more fruitful by focusing on the implementation of past agreements and decisions. "We need adaptation fund as well as loss and damage fund until the adaptation works materialise," he added.

The meeting will coordinate with island countries, Africa and Latin America.

Nepal will be the LCD chair for 2013-14.

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