Understanding key positions of the Least Developed Countries in climate change negotiations
By December 2015, a new climate change agreement must be in place under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). International progress is slow, but the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are being proactive. Two milestones in the timetable for an agreement are fast approaching. First, countries attending the next annual Conference of the Parties are to agree elements of a draft negotiating text. Secondly, by early 2015 parties will start communicating how they will contribute to the new agreement. The UN Climate Summit in September is designed to mobilise political will for the process, and the LDCs will be active participants. This briefing sets out three of the LDC’s key positions: on a 1.5 degree pathway, on a binding regime and on achieving a comprehensive agreement.