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Least Developed Countries (LDCs)

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  • D&C Days 2018: around 350 policymakers, researchers and development practitioners came together for discussions and debates focused on the interface between development and climate change (Photo: Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    "Follow the science": Least Developed Countries Group lead negotiator

    The chair of the UNFCCC Least Developed Countries Group, Gebru Jember Endalew, called for climate action to be guided by science when he spoke at the closing of Development and Climate Days 2018

    10 December 2018 | News | Climate change
  • This climate change project in a village in Senegal established a borehole and solar panels to improve water access during the dry season (Photo: Dansira Dembele/CCAFS, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Seeing clearly: transitioning to transparency at COP24

    As climate envoys prepare to negotiate the ‘rulebook’ that brings the Paris Agreement to life, Illari Aragon argues the importance of its new transparency framework and explores some of the challenges negotiators face in realising it

    1 December 2018 | Blog | Climate change
  • The UK government has warned that flooding is likely to become more frequent as the country’s climate changes (Photo: Dachlan, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Celebrating 10 years of the UK Climate Change Act: an influential law beyond its borders

    IIED director Andrew Norton says the UK's Climate Change Act provides a clear and ambitious framework for addressing climate change, and says it can be a model for other nations for turning the Paris Agreement into national action

    26 November 2018 | Blog | Climate change
  • A father and son plough a field in Ethiopia. For Ethiopia's smallholder farmers, oxen are still the main source of agricultural power. It is one of the world's least developed countries, making it more vulnerable to climate change (Photo: Bjvisser, Creative Commons via Wikipedia)

    Momentum builds for ambitious agreements at COP24

    When COP24 starts next month, the least developed countries will again be in the spotlight. In a special guest blog, LDC Group chair Gebru Jember Endalew outlines the group's hopes for Katowice

    19 November 2018 | Blog | Climate change
  • Members of a community risk reduction committee fill gabion bags with stones to  prevent flood damage to farm land in Ethiopia (Photo: USAID/CRS, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    LDC Initiative for Effective Adaptation and Resilience (LIFE-AR)

    The LDC Initiative for Effective Adaptation and Resilience (LIFE-AR) aims to develop an over-arching least developed countries (LDC) vision for adapting towards a climate resilient future by 2050. The vision will be LDC led and driven, driving forward climate action in line with LDC needs and priorities

    13 November 2018 | Project | Climate change
  • This project was designed improve adaptive capacity of rice production systems in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam (Photo: V. Meadu, CCAFS, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Call for evidence: long-term effective adaptation

    The Least Developed Countries Group is inviting submissions on effective long-term adaptation to climate change. The submissions will contribute to a major new initiative that seeks to develop a long-term vision for climate resilience up to 2050

    5 November 2018 | News | Climate change
  • A shoal of muguraan circle above a bait net

    First steps towards a global agreement

    IIED director Andrew Norton responds to the end of the first session of negotiations of new laws for the high seas, calling for a greater presence of the views of those most affected to ensure a fair and inclusive treaty

    21 September 2018 | Blog | Fisheries
  • Landscape in Punakha, Bhutan

    Supporting LDCs to strengthen national legislative and policy responses in line with international climate commitments

    We help LDCs to strengthen their institutional, policy and legislative environments for enabling long-term national climate action, and thus drive global ambition to implement the Paris Agreement

    18 September 2018 | Project | Climate change
  • Bhutan has committed to remain carbon neutral, mainly thanks to its high forest carbon sequestration capacity. Some people say that trees in Bhutan have legal rights, referring to the constitutional mandate for 60% of our land area to remain forested for all time. (Adam Brill, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Negotiating transparency for the Paris deal: next stop, Bangkok

    As climate experts gather in Bangkok for the final negotiating session before the December UN climate talks, guest blogger Tshewang Dorji discusses the transparency requirements of the Paris Agreement – and why these need to work for the LDCs.

    28 August 2018 | Blog | Climate change
  • Laos is heavily dependent on traditional agriculture and is highly vulnerable to climate change impacts such as flooding (Photo: Magalie L'Abbé, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    How I learnt to make my voice count at the UN climate negotiations

    A junior climate negotiator from Laos explains how a recent training workshop gave her the tools to navigate the complex UN climate talks and the skills to push for more positive outcomes for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) from these crucial international exchanges

    23 July 2018 | Blog | Climate change
  • ICCCAD's logo

    The International Centre for Climate Change and Development

    Building long term capacity for adaptation to climate change in Bangladesh and across the Global South

    2 July 2018 | Project | Climate change
  • In 2008 the captain of this deep-sea fishing trawler was convicted of illegal fishing and providing misleading information about catches (Photo: Bernard Spragg.NZ, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Helping the LDCs negotiate the high seas

    IIED helped Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to participate effectively in talks about a new international treaty on the high seas

    17 May 2018 | Project | Fisheries
  • Farmers in Nepal. Nepal has introduced a range of strategies and policies to tackle climate change (Photo: Neil Palmer/CIAT, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Author Q&A: Trends in climate change legislation

    Subhi Barakat discusses a new book exploring the rapid increase in the number of climate change laws. The book includes a chapter he co-authors with IIED's Achala Abeysinghe and Michal Nachmany of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, analysing the experience and trends within the Least Developed Countries

    8 May 2018 | Article | Climate change
  • Cover of the Trends in Climate Change Legislation book, depicting a set of scales

    Book summary: Trends in Climate Change Legislation

    IIED's Achala Abeysinghe and Subhi Barakat, alongside Michal Nachmany of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, co-author a chapter in the book 'Trends in Climate Change Legislation' that explores how a deepening understanding of the importance of climate change has caused a recent and rapid increase in the number of climate change or climate-related laws

    8 May 2018 | Article | Climate change
  • Flooding in Fiji. Fiji's prime minister has said the his nation is in "a fight for survival" as climate change brings almost constant cyclones (Photo: TC Evans/Fijian Government)

    The Talanoa dialogue: sharing stories in Bonn to inspire ambitious climate action

    As the spring UN climate change conference in Bonn gets under way, IIED director Andrew Norton offers his thoughts on the Talanoa dialogue – an unprecedented consultation process designed to bring together different voices to strengthen countries’ climate pledges and keep the Paris Agreement on course

    2 May 2018 | Blog | Climate change
  • Hordes of journalists gather at a packed press conference to listen to the High Ambition Coalition in Paris in 2015

    Climate diplomacy in the age of Trump: updating our theory of change

    We're incorporating feedback to sharpen our theory of how the Least Developed Countries can extend their influence in international climate change decision making

    11 April 2018 | Blog | Climate change
  • Ministerial-level consultations on the Myanmar National Climate Policy, Nay Pyi Taw (Photo: Achala Abeysinghe/IIED)

    Developing Myanmar’s national climate change policy

    IIED supported the Myanmar government in developing an overarching national climate change policy to integrate climate change into national priorities and planning, and provide a long-term vision for the country's sustainable development

    5 April 2018 | Project | Climate change
  • Stella Gama of Malawi at a desk speaks into a microphone as she briefs the Technology Executive Committee

    Supporting Least Developed Countries on climate technology transfer

    In March, experts on technology development and transfer gathered in Copenhagen and Bonn to take forward the work of the UN climate negotiations. IIED supported representatives of the Least Developed Countries to present proposals that would work for them

    4 April 2018 | Blog | Climate change
  • Cecilia Silva and Carla Silva Pompilio from Angola, browsing through ‘Becoming a UNFCCC delegate’, Marrakech, November 2017 (Photo: Janna Tenzing/IIED)

    Building the capacity of LDCs to engage in the UNFCCC negotiations

    Our efforts to strengthen the capabilities of the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Group in the UN climate talks involved participating in training workshops and strategy meetings, informing the negotiations through research, and developing toolkits for new delegates

    28 March 2018 | Project | Climate change
  • UNFCCC negotiations session, Bonn, May 2017 (Photo Janna Tenzing/IIED)

    Facilitating greater representation of LDCs in the UNFCCC process

    Our participation support helps Least Developed Countries in their efforts to increase their representation and engage fully and meaningfully in the UN climate talks

    28 March 2018 | Project | Climate change
  • The Earth is reflected in a drop of water on a leaf (Photo: Juan Horna, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Changing landscapes: key issues for action on sustainable development in 2018

    As we face up to the challenges of the coming year, how does the global landscape for sustainable development look? IIED director Andrew Norton offers his thoughts on the key debates and changes we may see during 2018, and what they might mean for IIED's work

    5 January 2018 | Blog | Climate change
  • The next session of the Conference of the Parties (COP24) will take place from 3-14 December 2018, in Katowice, Poland

    Discussion: what next for UN climate talks?

    Leading international climate negotiators and their advisors will analyse the outcomes of the Bonn climate talks and discuss key issues for future negotiations at an IIED event

    7 December 2017 | News | Climate change
  • Workshop participants were briefed on the climate negotiating priorities of the Least Developed Countries (Photo: Matt Wright/IIED)

    Negotiators from developing countries get skills boost ahead of UN climate talks

    More than 40 climate negotiators from vulnerable developing countries were briefed on key issues and negotiating strategies at a workshop just before the opening of the Bonn climate talks

    13 November 2017 | News | Climate change
  • Nazhat Shameem Khan, Fiji's Permanent Representative to the United Nations and chief COP23 negotiator, addresses the LDC Group and chair  Gebru Jember Endalew. IIED principal researcher Achala Abeysinghe, who provides legal support to the LDC Group chair, is pictured right (Photo: Collin Beck)

    LDCs approach Fiji COP with high expectations

    When COP23 starts next week, the least developed countries will again be in the spotlight. In a special guest blog, LDC Group chair Gebru Jember Endalew outlines the group's detailed preparation and hopes for Bonn

    1 November 2017 | Blog | Climate change
  • Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama speaks at the podium at the start of the pre-COP23 ministerial meeting. He called for a coalition of partners to reach 1.5 degrees (Photo: Achala Abeysinghe/IIED)

    Least Developed Countries Group sets out priorities for COP23

    The chair of the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Group has issued the group's key priorities at a high-level preparatory meeting for the next UN climate talks

    25 October 2017 | News | Climate change
  • A community tests a solar cooker in India. The New Development Bank has made clean energy loans to South Africa and India. Solar concentrators to reduce and replace the use of conventional fuels that degrade the environment (Photo: UN Photo, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    BRICS summit: an opportunity to lead a fairer more sustainable world

    Ahead of this week's BRICS summit, IIED's chief economist identifies two key ways the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa can fill the growing global political vacuum and promote sustainability

    3 September 2017 | Blog | Economics
  • Cover of Climate Justice in a Non-Ideal World

    Book summary: Climate Justice in a Non-Ideal World

    IIED's Achala Abeysinghe and Saleemul Huq co-author a chapter in the book Climate Justice in a Non-Ideal World, exploring the different viewpoints from leading experts on what would be a just outcome to the climate change problem. Book summary includes: a Q&A with one of the authors

    2 August 2017 | Article | Climate change
  • People from villagers of Wakesi village, Nyanza Province, Kenya walk down a dirt road (Photo: Robin Wyatt)

    Independent Research Forum (IRF): supporting change for a sustainable future

    The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provides an opportunity for countries to transform their development pathways. This level of change is uncharted territory for many countries, and creates new challenges

    26 June 2017 | Article | Governance
  • President Trump announced his decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement in front of an audience of administration officials and supporters who had been gathered in the White House Rose Garden (Photo: Joyce N. Boghosian/The White House)

    US Paris withdrawal: where now for climate action?

    President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement elicited a collective sigh of despair from the environmental community. But his action creates opportunities as well as challenges

    14 June 2017 | Blog | Climate change
  • Workshop participants will hear from senior LDC climate negotiator Mamadou Honadia, who headed Burkina Faso's delegation to the 2016 UN climate summit (Image: Matt Wright/IIED)

    Building climate negotiation skills for African officials

    Officials from African countries will have the opportunity to increase their climate negotiation skills at two training workshops in Dakar this June.

    31 May 2017 | News | Climate change
  • Thousands of scientists attended the March for Science in Washington D.C. to protest against political attacks on climate science and evidence-based research. Similar protests were held in over 600 cities around the world (Photo: Adam Fagen, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Marching into May talks: LDCs lead the way on climate change

    The world's poorest countries champion long-term, emissions-neutral development strategies, and several are leading by example. Ahead of the UN climate talks, the LDC Group chair reflects on recent marches

    4 May 2017 | Blog | Climate change
  • The 2016 Bonn climate change Conference featured a workshop and numerous informal consultations on gender-responsive climate policy (Photo by IISD/ENB/Kiara Worth)

    LDC women in world climate talks: building a cohort of champions

    The Least Developed Countries Group will be at the table when next week's UN climate conference plans how to step up its 'gender agenda'.

    2 May 2017 | Blog | Climate change
  • Approximately 80 heads of state and government attended the UN climate change conference in Marrakech in November 2016 (Photo: UNclimatechange, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    How can the poorest increase the influence of their climate diplomacy? 

    We've developed a theory of change to better understand how the Least Developed Countries can influence international decisions on climate action. Is our theory up to the job? We want to hear from you

    19 January 2017 | Blog | Climate change
  • Video updates from Saleemul Huq

    Watch now: daily video updates from COP22

    Get daily video updates from the UN climate summit in Marrakech from IIED senior fellow Saleemul Huq, with a special focus on the issues affecting the Least Developed Countries

    4 November 2016 | Article | Climate change
  • A woman buying firewood at Bamako, Mali. IIED has been working with the government of Mali to set up local climate funds to help communities be more resilient during floods and droughts (Photo: Mike Goldwater/IIED)

    Poorest must be heard on climate action to deliver Paris Agreement’s success

    The Paris Agreement on climate change enters into force today. IIED director Andrew Norton argues that the voices of the world's most vulnerable must be heard if the treaty is to be effective

    4 November 2016 | Blog | Climate change
  • Thirty officials from Anglophone African countries attended the workshop (Image: Siima Media/IIED)

    Anglophone African officials enhance their climate negotiating skills

    A workshop in Dar es Salaam trained junior climate negotiators from Anglophone African countries

    3 November 2016 | News | Climate change
  • The Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Bhutan to the UN, Kunzang Choden Namgyel, signs the Paris Agreement on Climate Change (Photo: Amanda Voisard, UN Photo)

    Lessons in climate diplomacy from Ethiopia and Bhutan 

    IIED has been examining how two of the world's poorest nations are playing a leading role in the climate diplomacy needed to define the rules for implementing the Paris Agreement

    27 October 2016 | Blog | Climate change
  • Francophone negotiators sitting around a table (Photo: UNITAR)

    Climate change negotiation skills: training for LDC negotiators

    In a recent workshop, participants from Least Developed Countries learned about the mechanics of climate negotiations, tackled complex terminology and discussed how to resolve conflict situations that can arise during multilateral talks

    28 July 2016 | Blog | Climate change
  • Eight development experts, including Oxfam GB's Irene Guijt, were interviewed about reimagining development for the Least Developed Countries (Image: IIED)

    How are the LDCs defining a new sustainable development agenda?

    IIED talks to development experts from around the globe to find out how the Least Developed Countries are working to define new ways forward for sustainable development

    8 July 2016 | News | Climate change
  • Sewing on the street in Djibouti. The informal sector still plays an important role in most of the LDCs (Photo: Charles Roffey, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Five obstacles facing Least Developed Countries

    Essam Yassin Mohammed recently participated in a mid-term review of the Istanbul Programme of Action for LDCs, an ambitious 10-year plan that aims to see half of LDCs (23) graduate from "least developed country" status by 2020. The conference highlighted five main issues that could hinder LDCs reaching this ambitious goal

    29 June 2016 | Blog | Sustainable markets
  • Women learning how to install and maintain solar home systems in the rural town of Bogra, northern Bangladesh (Photo: ILO, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Five challenges for Least Developed Countries in the post-2015 era

    Can the Least Developed Countries reimagine development? A meeting in London looked at the key issues

    28 June 2016 | Blog | Poverty
  • Mobile phones being sold in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Access to information and new technologies will be key to help delivering transformational change to the world's poorest countries (Photo: ConDev Center, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Painting a new picture of development

    Can the Sustainable Development Goals trigger a new approach to development in the world's Least Developed Countries? A dialogue event explored the potential

    17 June 2016 | News | Policy and planning
  • Around 80 per cent of schools in Haiti are privately run, and the good ones too expensive for children from poor areas like Cité Soleil (Photo: Breezy Baldwiin, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Ending endemic violence through education in Cité Soleil

    How to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education for children growing up in a violent slum? An innovative project in Haiti faces big challenges

    10 June 2016 | Blog | Governance
  • In 2010 a catastrophic earthquake hit Haiti. Six years later, there has been progress in rebuilding, but much remains to be done (Photo: iolanda, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Q&A: LDC Independent Expert Group chair on the SDGs and tackling inequality

    Former Prime Minister of Haiti Michèle Duvivier Pierre-Louis discusses the challenges of the Sustainable Development Goals and reducing inequalities related to gender, trade and climate change

    8 June 2016 | Article | Governance
  • A street in Freetown, Sierra Leone: involving growing low-income urban populations in urbanising countries will help result in more inclusive urbanisation (Photo: bobthemagicdragon, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    In the world's poorest countries, cities could be the Sustainable Development Goals test

    Ahead of next week's dialogue event on the challenges and opportunities posed to Least Developed Countries by the Sustainable Development Goals, Gordon McGranahan examines how cities and urbanisation can contribute to attaining development goals.

    7 June 2016 | Blog | Policy and planning
  • An image of villagers in a remote village in northern Bangladesh proudly displaying their first solar panel, purchased with a micro loan. Bangladesh aspires to be one of the world's largest solar providers (Photo: ILO in Asia and the Pacific, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Q&A: A shift in mindset for the LDCs

    The Least Developed Countries need a new way of thinking if they are to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, says Saleemul Huq

    3 June 2016 | Article | Governance
  • An image of the front of a stationary train on the Addis Ababa light rail system, which opened in 2015, and was the first to be built in Sub-Saharan Africa. The two railway lines, which have their own dedicated power grid, demonstrate how Ethiopia is seeking low-carbon energy initiatives (Photo: Wikipedia, via Google licence)

    Q&A: Linking low-carbon pathways with the SDGs

    Youba Sokona discusses the challenges and opportunities around low-carbon development in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals

    30 May 2016 | Article | Policy and planning
  • An image of a man faking injury being treated by a Bangladesh firefighter as part of a training exercise on collaborative search and rescue operations, helping the city to respond more effectively to disasters (Photo: Oregon National Guard, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Q&A: Making the SDG agenda work for LDCs

    Farah Kabir discusses how the Least Developed Countries have been driving their own sustainable development, and outlines what's needed for these vulnerable countries to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

    25 May 2016 | Article | Climate change
  • An image of the world showing global surface temperatures: April 2016 was the hottest April on record, the seventh month in a row to break temperature records. You can watch a video progression of changing global temperatures below (Image: NASA)

    Taking the Paris Agreement forward: what to expect in Bonn?

    As discussions get under way in Bonn on the next steps for the Paris Agreement on climate change, Achala Abeysinghe looks at what needs to be achieved

    16 May 2016 | Blog | Climate change
  • An image showing two men on the roof of a school in Zambia carrying out a macrosolar installation. Sustainable energy solutions for Least Developed Countries were discussed at the event in London (Photo: Steve Woodward)

    Reimagining development in the LDCs: what role for the SDGs?

    The challenges and opportunities that the Sustainable Development Goals create for Least Developed Countries were discussed at an event in London in June

    9 May 2016 | Article | Climate change
  • African Climate Policy Centre director Fatima Denton speaks at the 2015 Development & Climate Days event at COP21 (Photo: Matt Wright/IIED)

    Breaking out of the development silos

    Many of the world’s least developed countries, hit hard by the impacts of climate change, are among the front-runners in finding ways forward for climate-friendly economic development, Fatima Denton has told IIED

    22 March 2016 | News | Climate change
  • The UN poster showing all 17 sustainable development goals (Image: UN photo)

    Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): IIED and the new global agenda on sustainable development

    In September 2015, the global community agreed the Sustainable Development Goals, setting out new development priorities for all countries, post-2015. The 17 new goals have been designed to integrate global ambitions on tackling poverty, reducing inequality, combating climate change, and protecting ecosystems including oceans, forests and biodiversity. It is an ambitious and universal agenda.

    15 March 2016 | Article | Governance
  • Who will replace the much respected executive secretary of the UNFCCC, Christiana Figueres (Photo: UNFCCC, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    An opportunity for LDC leadership

    As Christiana Figueres stands down as executive secretary to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, IIED director Andrew Norton argues the time is right for an LDC representative to take the reins

    3 March 2016 | Blog | Climate change
  • Evidence of coastal erosion in The Gambia. Erosion is threatening not only Gambia's tourist industry but also wetlands, roads and infrastructure (Photo: Diego, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    A diplomatic approach to raising climate ambition

    Veteran climate negotiator and Gambian Minister Pa Ousman Jarju reflects on the Paris Agreement and the continued need for diplomacy and ambitious climate action

    19 February 2016 | Blog | Climate change
  • The Paris Agreement is celebrated (Photo: francediplomatie, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Briefing: After Paris – what's next for the LDCs?

    IIED to host high-level briefing on the outcomes and challenges of the Paris Agreement

    18 February 2016 | News | Climate change
  •  An Ethiopian government delegation learns about energy innovations in a climate smart village in Kenya. Ethiopia's government hopes to combine climate resilience with economic growth (Photo: CGIAR, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    What's happening to aid to the Least Developed Countries?

    New figures show an overall decline in aid to the world's Least Developed Countries, yet commitments made in Paris and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda call for more aid, not less

    18 January 2016 | Blog | Climate change
  • New Melones Lake, California, which is facing one of the most severe droughts on record with a state of emergency declared in January (Photo: Ben Amstutz, Flickr, via Creative Commons)

    2016 – when global meets local in climate action

    Building on the historic agreement forged in Paris, IIED's director Andrew Norton looks at the opportunities to ensure global agreements on the need for sustainable development reach the local level

    4 January 2016 | Blog | Climate change
  • A mother struggles to feed her children in the face of flooding (Image: IIED Independent Expert Group)

    What does the Paris Agreement mean for LDCs?

    A video draws on the expectations of the Least Developed Countries ahead of last month's climate deal and looks at what the Paris Agreement will mean for them

    4 January 2016 | News | Climate change
  • US special climate envoy Todd Stern tells journalists his views on the 'Higher Ambition Coalition'. LDC chair Giza Gaspar-Martins in second left on the panel at the press conference (Photo: Matt Wright/IIED)

    A symbolic victory on 1.5 degrees for LDC Group in Paris

    The text of the Paris Agreement, finalised after four years of negotiations culiminating in COP21, represents a significant victory for the Least Developed Countries at the talks – whose specific needs and special situations are often overlooked. How did one of the smallest negotiating groups manage to make their voices heard?

    18 December 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • Fatima Denton, a member of IIED’s Independent Expert Group, speaking at the Development and Climate Days conference (Photo: Matt Wright)

    Zero carbon – costs and opportunities for Least Developed Countries

    The zero carbon, zero poverty agenda at Development & Climate Days is challenging for all countries. For the Least Developed Countries the costs are high, but the opportunities may be even greater

    10 December 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • Gaspar Martins sits alongside representatives of the Marshall Islands, United States, Germany, Norway and others as part of the "High Ambition Coalition" (Image: Matt Wright/IIED)

    Least Developed Countries create pressure for climate shift

    As climate talks in Paris move into the final hours, the Least Developed Countries are fighting for their right for support and protection, and more and more countries are recognising the need to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees

    9 December 2015 | News | Climate change
  • Angola aims to achieve its mitigation goals through the promotion of renewable energy, stabilisation of agricultural emissions, carbon sequestration from the forestry sector and other activities (Photo: jbdodane, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Climate finance is vital to secure a future worth having

    A key issue dominating the landmark climate summit in Paris is that tricky subject of climate finance: who pays, how much, for what? Some elements of the global discourse on the sums required to tackle the urgent climate change threat seem to think there is a simple distinction to be drawn between choosing to spend money on climate or other development issues. But this simplistic rhetoric is damaging and puts lives at risk

    9 December 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • Negotiators from over 190 countries are attending the Paris climate summit (Photo:UNclimatechange, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Least Developed Country experts raise their voices at COP21

    Members of IIED's Least Developed Countries Independent Expert Group will be at D&C Days in Paris as well as playing an active role at COP21

    3 December 2015 | News | Climate change
  • Achala Abeysinghe focuses on why a legally binding agreement is essential (Image: IIED)

    A legally binding agreement in Paris? Points to watch

    Achala Abeysinghe sets out the key requirements for a legally binding agreement on combatting climate change at the Paris summit

    3 December 2015 | News | Climate change
  • The event was held in the Africa pavilion at the Paris climate summit (Photo: IIED)

    COP21 side event discusses how to unlock climate finance for developing countries

    COP21 side event discusses how to unlock climate finance for developing countries

    2 December 2015 | News | Climate change
  • The entrance to Le Bourget, the venue for the UN climate talks (COP21) (Photo: Takver, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    LDC climate action plans estimated to cost US$93.7 billion per year

    A report by IIED has estimated the cost of all 48 Least Developed Countries implementing their post-2020 climate action plans to be around US$93 billion per year

    30 November 2015 | News | Climate change
  • Political leaders, experts and civil society representatives from the Least Developed Countries (Image: IIED)

    What do the Least Developed Countries want from COP21?

    A series of nine new interviews brings together different voices from the world’s Least Developed Countries to ask what they want from COP21 in Paris

    25 November 2015 | News | Climate change
  • More than 90 per cent of Malawians rely on rain-fed subsistence farming to survive. Increasingly variable weather patterns are reducing crop yields and eroding food security (Photo: ILRI/Mann, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Q&A: We must ensure Paris delivers on finance

    Rosebell Kagumire, a Ugandan-based journalist and a member of IIED's Independent Expert Group spoke to Malawian negotiator Evans Njewa ahead of the Paris climate talks

    24 November 2015 | Article | Climate change
  • The DRC contains 10 per cent of the world's tropical forests but has seen high rates of deforestation (Photo: jbdodane, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Q&A: DRC plans a national pollution policy

    In the ninth of our interviews with representatives from the Least Developed Country Group ahead of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) talks in Paris (COP21), Benjamin Toirambe Bamoninga, director of sustainable development in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's environment ministry, talks about the realities of climate change in DRC

    24 November 2015 | Article | Climate change
  • Lesotho's population is heavily dependent on agriculture. Drying river systems threaten a lack of drinking water for livestock (Photo: Jonas Merian, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Q&A: Legalise Paris agreement

    In the eighth of our interviews with representatives from the Least Developed Country Group ahead of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change talks in Paris (COP21), Thato Konstabole from the Lesotho environment and natural resource commission talks about the challenges created by climate change in Lesotho

    24 November 2015 | Article | Climate change
  • Ethiopia's Simien Mountains National Park is a World Heritage Site, but resource degradation has made lowland areas vulnerable to flooding caused by changing rainfall patterns. (Photo: Hulivili, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Q&A: Building zero carbon emission economy in a decade

    In the seventh of our interviews with representatives from the Least Developed Country Group, Negash Teklu from Population, Health, Environment Ethiopia talks about Ethiopia's ambitions for a zero carbon economy by 2025

    24 November 2015 | Article | Climate change
  • A riverbank management site in Chantal, Haiti, where the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) helped construct walls to protect communities from hurricane impacts (Photo: UNDP, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Q&A: Haiti aims for 31% CO2 emission reduction by 2030

    In the sixth of our interviews with representatives from the Least Developed Country Group ahead of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) talks in Paris (COP21), Fanfan Jordan, director of the Ministry of Environment's climate change programme talks about Haiti's climate plan and loss and damage

    24 November 2015 | Article | Climate change
  • The Bandiagara plateau in Central Mali has been hit by repeated droughts. Climate change is making the weather unpredictable, resulting in poor harvests and increased malnutrition (Photo: Irina Mosel/ODI, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Q&A: Mali is extremely vulnerable and unable to combat climate change impacts

    In the fifth of our interviews with representatives from the Least Developed Country Group, Malian forest and water engineer Bayo Mounkoro talks about the climate change challenges faced by Mali

    24 November 2015 | Article | Climate change
  • Bangladeshi climate negotiator Qazi K Ahmad

    Q&A: World leaders must abandon their narrow political interests to deliver the best deal at COP21

    In the fourth of our interviews with representatives from the Least Developed Country Group ahead of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) talks in Paris (COP21), Bangladeshi climate negotiator Qazi K Ahmad shares Bangladesh's plans and expectations from the summit

    24 November 2015 | Article | Climate change
  • A glacial lake near the Jomolhari mountain in Bhutan. Receding glaciers threaten Bhutan's ecosystem with flash floods, landslides and water security problems (Photo: PNUD, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Q&A: A crucial year for our planet, says Prime Minister of Bhutan

    In the third of our interviews with representatives from the Least Developed Country Group, the Prime Minister of Bhutan, Tshering Tobgay, shares his hopes and priorities for COP21 in Paris

    24 November 2015 | Article | Climate change
  • Gambia is hoping to develop its tourism industry, but coastal areas are environmentally fragile and threatened by erosion. (Photo: Nick Brooks, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Q&A: The Gambia expects solid financial commitment at Paris climate talks

    In the second of our interviews with representatives from the Least Developed Country Group ahead of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) talks in Paris (COP21), Pa Ousman Jarju, Minister of Environment, Climate Change, Water, Parks and Wildlife in The Gambia, shares his perspective

    24 November 2015 | Article | Climate change
  • A father and son record measurements from a rain gauge on their farm in Western Uganda. Changes in rainfall patterns could significantly impact rural populations (Photo: J. Recha/CCAFS, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Q&A: We need long term actions on climate change

    In the first of our interviews with representatives from the Least Developed Country Group ahead of the UN climate talks in Paris (COP21), Tracy Kajumba shares some of the challenges created by climate change in Uganda

    24 November 2015 | Article | Climate change
  • An expert on legal issues in international climate change negotiations, IIED's Achala Abeysinghe has been named one of the world's top 15 female climate champions (Photo: Mike Goldwater/IIED)

    A champion for the most vulnerable

    Ahead of next week's UN climate talks in Paris (COP21), IIED principal researcher Dr Achala Abeysinghe has been named as one of the top 15 female climate champions in the world

    23 November 2015 | News | Climate change
  • Unheard voices: what do the Least Developed Countries want from COP21?

    Ahead of COP21, IIED's Independent Expert Group has commissioned a series of interviews with leaders, experts, and civil society representatives from nine of the LDCs. We wanted to hear about the reality that they face, the actions being taken, the role for climate finance – and their hopes for a Paris deal

    23 November 2015 | Feature | Climate change
  • People use the pavement on Boulevard Richard Lenoir, close to the Bataclan concert venue which was the focus of the Paris attacks on 13 November, 2015, to share messages of support, and hope (Photo: Gael_Lombart, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    French lead drive for global climate agreement

    There is much debate as to whether the Paris climate summit can deliver an adequate response to the challenge of climate change. In the wake of the tragedy of last Friday's attacks in the French capital, Andrew Norton pays tribute to France's efforts to secure an ambitious agreement and hopes for success

    17 November 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • A view of the Paris skyline with the COP21 logo.(Photo: Joe deSousa, public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

    IIED at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21)

    IIED attended the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris from November 30 to 11 December, 2015.

    12 November 2015 | Feature | Climate change
  • The island nation of Tuvalu is one of the Least Developed Countries that is particularly vulnerable to climate change, with an average elevation of just two meters above sea level (Photo: Nick Hobgood, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    The road through Paris: key messages for ministers

    As ministers from 80 countries gather in Paris for pre-meetings ahead of COP21, Achala Abeysinghe sets out a clear direction of travel for them to follow

    9 November 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • Saleemul Huq introduces a new series explaining the UNFCCC process from the perspective of the Least Developed Countries (Image: IIED)

    The Road to Paris: how can the world's most vulnerable countries be heard?

    With a month to go until the start of COP21, Saleemul Huq provides an insight into the perspectives of the Least Developed Countries ahead of the Paris climate talks, as part of a new series of video interviews for IIED

    30 October 2015 | News | Climate change
  • The opening of the UN climate change talks in Bonn in June. The negotiators meet in Bonn again this week (Photo: UNClimatechange, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Climate negotiations: the last stop before Paris

    As climate talks ahead of COP21 start in Bonn, Achala Abeysinghe says the draft on the table is not strong enough to address climate change, and identifies 11 ways in which it can be strengthened

    19 October 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • Kenya: Farmers visit a crop trial site to select the best sorghum varieties for climate resilience. Most climate change adaptation is done day-to-day by farmers, pastoralists, fishers and the urban poor.  (Photo: S. Kilungo, CCAFS, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    The SDGs must carry us beyond Paris to 2030

    The Sustainable Development Goals, to be agreed in New York later this month, are a key step on the road to a climate agreement in Paris in December, but must set the agenda for resilient low carbon development beyond Paris to 2030

    10 September 2015 | Blog | Policy and planning
  • Tea pickers in Kenya's Mount Kenya region; smallholder folders in Least Developed Countries would be adversely affected by climate change (Photo: Neil Palmer/CIAT, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Supporting the LDCs on climate change adaptation

    As climate negotiators meet in Bonn, Batu Uprety says the mandate of the Least Developed Countries Expert Group must be renewed at COP21 to continue to support the LDCs on climate change adaptation

    1 September 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) of Bangladesh won the Earth Care Award 2012 for spearheading the  Least Developed Countries Fund project 'Community-based adaptation to climate change through coastal afforestation in Bangladesh' (Photo: UNDP Adaptation Learning Mechanism)

    Making the climate fund fit for purpose

    With the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) running on empty, and as the final stages of the negotiations leading up to the Paris climate conference (COP21) approach, climate negotiator Giza Gaspar Martins argues that the fund's future must be secured to support the world's 48 poorest countries

    27 August 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • The Independent Expert Group has produced a series of publications (Image: IIED)

    The work of the Least Developed Countries Independent Expert Group

    Since its creation in 2013, the Least Developed Countries Independent Expert Group (IEG) has provided an independent voice for sustainable development of LDCs, contributing ideas, expertise and challenges to international debates

    7 August 2015 | Article | Governance
  • The Least Developed Countries Independent Expert Group (Image: IIED)

    Least Developed Countries Independent Expert Group

    The Least Developed Countries Independent Expert Group is an informal group of individuals with a deep commitment to sustainable development and an understanding of the challenges to achieving it in the world's poorest countries

    3 August 2015 | Article | Governance
  • A USAID programme training workers to install solar panels at health clinics in Rwanda. Rwanda is an early adopter of low-carbon climate resilient development (Photo: Walt Ratterman, Sunepi, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    The political economy of financing climate resilient development

    IIED is undertaking a three-year research programme to understand the policy linkages between the two themes of climate change adaptation and mitigation in developing countries. This research focuses on countries that are investing in what has been termed 'low-carbon climate resilient development' (LCRD) – policies and strategies that address the challenges posed by climate change in an integrated response.

    10 July 2015 | Article | Climate change
  • A satellite phone provided by Télécoms Sans Frontières, with European Commission funding, enables a man from Tanna island to finally talk to loved ones ten days after communications were cut off by Cyclone Pam in March 2015 (Photo: TSF, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Finance, Addis and the Sustainable Development Goals

    Ahead of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa, some of the world's Least Developed Countries have been sharing their priorities

    7 July 2015 | News | Climate change
  • Bangladesh is highly vulnerable to climate change and is at the forefront of adaptation efforts. This homestead has been designed to offer flood protection (Photo: CGIAR, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Sharing knowledge to climb the adaptation ladder

    When it comes to climate adaptation, the Least Developed Countries have the greatest expertise and other countries may benefit from learning from what they have done

    3 July 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • Should public money from Europe used to build wind farms, such as this one in Mulan, around 170km north east of Harbin City in Heilongiang, China, constitute official development assistance? (Photo: Land Rover Our Planet, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Development finance and climate finance: achieving zero poverty and zero emissions

    Ahead of the Financing for Development conference in Addis, Paul Steele asks whether changes are needed to the way we address climate and development finance

    1 June 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • Vanuatu is one of the Least Developed Countries, and is increasingly affected by climate change. Here local people are constructing a river crossing using rocks and coral after flooding destroyed a bridge (Photo: 350.org, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Financing climate change adaptation in LDCs

    Adaptation to climate change is a priority in Least Developed Countries (LDCs), but while funds have been set up to provide finance for adaptation, accessing them is time-consuming and complicated

    22 April 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • A night view of the 193 flags of the UN Member States outside the UN Office in Geneva (Photo: United Nations Photo, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    On the road to Paris: departing Geneva with expectations high

    Progress in Geneva has meant a good start to the climate negotiations on the road to Paris, with elements in the text offering the possibility of a fair deal for developing countries

    16 February 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • A Bangladeshi fisherman sleeps under a tree, one of thousands planted by the government in an attempt to slow tidal erosion and shield against winds as the country. As countries take such measures to tackle climate change, negotiators prepare for the road to Paris and COP21 (Photo: Espen Rasmussen/PANOS)

    Climate negotiations on the road to Paris: the Geneva stop

    Climate negotiators meeting in Geneva this week (8-13 February) have crucial work to do if governments are to reach a global agreement in Paris in December. Achala Abeysinghe looks at the road ahead

    6 February 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • COP20 chair Manuel Pulgar Vidal, centre, was highly praised for his efforts to produce the Lima Call for Climate Action

    The long and winding road to Paris

    As the dust settles after the 20th Conference of the Parties (COP20), IIED sifts through the events in Lima

    19 December 2014 | News | Climate change
  • IIED director Camilla Toulmin enjoys the 12th D&C Days event at COP20 in Lima, Peru (Photo; Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre)

    Zero-zero, dolphins and conversations for change

    IIED director Camilla Toulmin reflects on her trip to Lima for the COP20 Development and Climate Days

    11 December 2014 | Blog | Climate change
  • An image taken by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center shows Tropical Storm Hagupit weakening as it nears Manila, but it has already claimed 21 lives while COP20 proceeds in Lima (Photo: NASA/NOAA via NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory)

    Philippines to lead global forum of vulnerable countries

    As people start to return to their homes in the wake of Typhoon Hagupit, the Philippines is to assume the next presidency of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF)

    9 December 2014 | News | Climate change
  • Negotiators, including representatives of the Least Developed Countries, at the UNFCCC conference centre in Bonn in January 2014 (Photo: IIED)

    Helping poorest nations engage in climate diplomacy

    Reaching equitable outcomes for the poorest countries through international decision making processes involves more than attending formal negotiations. IIED works to support Least Developed Countries (LDCs) increase the influence of their climate diplomacy

    26 November 2014 | Project | Climate change
  • COP20 begins in Lima, where negotiators have gathered to discuss action to tackle global  climate change (Photo: Kate Wilson/IIED)

    IIED at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP20)

    The full programme of IIED activity at COP20 in December 2014, including video blog updates and round ups of the coverage from each day

    25 November 2014 | Article | Climate change
  • Introducing improved climbing bean varieties in Rwanda has transformed beans from a subsistence crop into a cash crop (Photo: Neil Palmer/CIAT via Flickr)

    How are Rwanda, Ethiopia and Bangladesh preparing for climate change?

    Ethiopia, Rwanda and Bangladesh are developing their national low carbon climate resilient strategies. The public policy team within the Climate Change Group at IIED have just finished 18 months of research into these planning processes. The research helped clarify what is motivating countries to become more climate resilient. It also highlighted some ways these processes could be better supported and brought together.

    24 November 2014 | Blog | Climate change
  • Pa Ousman Jarju, the first Special Climate Envoy to be appointed from a Least Developed Country (Photo: IISD)

    Q&A: Why is the Green Climate Fund's pledging meeting important?

    This week sees the international Green Climate Fund (GCF) hold a high-level pledging summit in Berlin (19-20 November). The Fund hopes to securing its minimum target of $10 billion by the end of 2014; a hope that seems more likely to be realised following recent events.

    18 November 2014 | Article | Climate change
  • IIED director Camilla Toulmin gave a lecture at the University of Sussex on 23 October (Photo: Chatham House)

    Toulmin lecture: How can the Least Developed Countries be heard?

    IIED director Camilla Toulmin will discuss how the Least Developed Countries get their voices heard in international negotiations when she delivers a lecture on 23 October

    21 October 2014 | News | Climate change
  • Hama Arba Diallo (Photo: Global Water Partnership)

    Hama Arba Diallo: the universal man

    Youba Sokona pays tribute to his fellow Least Developed Countries Independent Expert Group member Hama Arba Diallo, who passed away in late September

    10 October 2014 | Blog | Communication
  • Timbuktu, Mali: A woman pours water from an irrigation canal onto her garden. Mali's climate-resilient agricultural plan will promote better irrigation systems (Photo: Marco Dormino/MINUSMA)

    Least developed country leaders say "follow us" to tackle climate change

    The unsung heroes of the UN climate summit were the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), says Achala Abeysinghe

    6 October 2014 | Blog | Climate change
  • The island state of Tuvalu is profoundly threatened by climate change. Tuvalu’s Prime Minister announced plans to switch to 100 per cent renewable energy by 2020. He was one of several LDC leaders to announce climate action.  (Photo: Tomoaki Inaba)

    Bold climate pledges from the Least Developed Countries

    The Gambia's Special Climate Envoy, Pa Osman Jarju, reflects on the Least Developed Countries (LDC) leadership at the UN Climate Summit

    28 September 2014 | Blog | Climate change
  • A host of government leaders made pledges at the 2015 UN Climate Summit hosted by Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon (Photos: Saleemul Huq/IIED)

    A week that may change the world

    It's been a busy week for IIED senior fellow Saleemul Huq, with plenty of action unfolding on the climate change front in New York. Here he provides an inside look into what transpired, and some reflections on how the recent events may impact upcoming climate negotiations

    25 September 2014 | Blog | Climate change
  • Prakash Mathema speaking at the opening ceremony of the 8th annual conference on community-based adaptation to climate change (CBA8) held in Kathmandu, Nepal in April 2014 (Photo: IIED)

    Q&A: Helping the poorest nations with development goals

    The Least Developed Countries (LDCs) want their voices heard at climate and development talks. They will need a range of support to build their capacity to meet their development goals

    19 September 2014 | Article | Climate change
  • IIED senior fellow will speak at the UN Secretary General's climate summit in September (Photo: Mike Goldwater/IIED)

    Saleem selected for UN climate summit

    IIED senior fellow Saleemul Huq has been chosen as one of 38 civil society representatives to attend the UN Secretary General's climate summit

    9 September 2014 | News | Climate change
  • Gambia has appointed Pa Ousman Jarju as Special Climate Envoy. His appointment shows Gambia's commitment to effective climate diplomacy (Photo: Global Environment Facility)

    Engaging in climate diplomacy – policy pointers from an LDC

    Effective climate diplomacy can help Least Developed Countries make sure their interests are reflected in international negotiation outcomes

    7 August 2014 | Blog | Climate change
  • Poultry farming is part of the sustainable agriculture system, along with crop production and fisheries, at Songhai Centre, in Porto Novo, Benin (Photo: Mark Surman via Creative Commons http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

    LDC experts to share ideas on building productive capacity

    How can Least Developed Countries (LDCs) progress so they are no longer held back by extreme poverty? A conference next week in Cotonou, Benin, will address this issue, bringing together ministers and experts from LDCs, along with UN representatives and development experts.

    25 July 2014 | Blog | Policy and planning
  • Urban-rural linkages have been 'beefed up' in the latest draft of the UN's Open Working Group on the Sustainable Development Goals

    OWG 'zero draft' is a huge step forward: now let's get practical

    ​The OWG's 'zero draft' on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is a marked improvement on previous versions, but we still have a long journey ahead

    20 June 2014 | Blog | Policy and planning
  • Pa Ousman Jarju has written an open letter to US President Barack Obama (Photo: Steve Jurvetson via http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)

    Letter to America: Gambia envoy asks Obama directly for US climate leadership

    Pa Ousman Jarju, Minister of Environment of Gambia and former chair and special envoy on climate change for the 48 Least Developed Countries, has written an open letter to US President Barack Obama

    6 June 2014 | News | Climate change
  • LDCs can use the example of Brazil, which has achieved a drastic fall in emissions thanks to avoided deforestation, to see what is possible despite limited economic capacity. Pictured is deforestation for the use of clay in Rio de Janeiro (Photo via Wikipedia Commons)

    Climate action: Diplomats' discussions yield four themes for 2014

    The Gambia's Special Climate Envoy identifies four themes for action on climate change in the UN negotiations and beyond

    4 June 2014 | Blog | Climate change
  • A family in Dadaab gathers sticks and branches for firewood and to make a shelter, while carcasses of animals that have perished in the drought are strewn across the desert (Photo: Andy Hall/Oxfam via Wikipedia Commons)

    Urgent action needed says leader of the Least Developed Countries Group

    Ahead of the latest UN climate negotiations in Bonn, the Least Developed Countries Group Chair points out that while science tells us that we can limit global temperatures to save the world's poorest countries, we need the will to do it

    4 June 2014 | News | Climate change
  • In the absence of electricity, students in Bangladesh are given charger lights so they can study at home (Photo: G.M.B. Akash/PANOS)

    Ensuring an Energy Sustainable Development Goal delivers for poor people and the planet

    In late February, discussions over the post-2015 development agenda reached a milestone. The co-Chairs of the Open Working Group (OWG), the body tasked with preparing a Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) proposal for consideration by the UN General Assembly in September 2014, issued a "Focus Areas Document".

    25 March 2014 | Blog | Energy
  • A borehole in Zambia, among the countries to have started thinking about NAPs, is developed for domestic water and irrigation as part of climate change adaptation measures (Photo: Pascal Manyakaidze via Creative Commons http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

    Least developed countries take climate adaptation to next level

    While many policymakers in the world's richest nations continue to deny the urgency of action on climate change, governments in the 48 least developed countries are pushing ahead with plans to adapt – or at least trying to

    11 March 2014 | Blog | Climate change
  • A dilapidated road is repaired in the West Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya, India (Photo: Rikynti Marwein via Creative Commons http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

    Transforming growth for least developed countries

    A focus on four key priorities could help Least Developed Country governments lift their citizens out of poverty by generating inclusive growth

    10 March 2014 | Blog | Economics
  • A wind farm outside Adigrat, northern Ethiopia, is an example of low-carbon renewable technologies can initiate a process of transformational change within developing countries

    Green Climate Fund: a big step forward, but many decisions pending

    The UN climate change convention's Green Climate Fund (GCF), aims to help countries adopt "transformational" pathways to low carbon, climate resilient development. Its 6th board meeting last week in Bali yielded mixed results for the world's most poor and climate vulnerable countries.

    28 February 2014 | Blog | Climate change
  • Rosebell Kagumire was among the delegates at the conference discussing the post-2015 development framework: priorities for the least developed countries, in late January (Photo: Matt Wright/IIED)

    Media missing from UN drive to engage millions on post-2015 development agenda

    Rosebell Kagumire says consultations on the future of global development framework should involve journalists or they will fail to reach the masses.

    4 February 2014 | Blog | Communication
  • Wilton Park is the venue for a conference on sustainable development goals from January 29-31 (Photo: Wilton Park)

    Post-2015 development framework: priorities for LDCs – coverage from Wilton Park

    From January 29-31, Wilton Park hosted a conference enabling frank and open dialogue between those in the political process of setting 'sustainable development goals' and those in least developed countries (LDCs) who will need to implement the goals.

    30 January 2014 | Feature | Governance
  • Wilton Park is the venue for a conference on sustainable development goals from January 29-31 (Photo: Wilton Park)

    Conference to refocus post-2015 development agenda on poorest nations' priorities

    New 'sustainable development goals' for all nations to adopt in 2015 could deepen problems in the least developed countries (LDCs) if they fail to take account of these nations' priorities and the international nature of challenges they face.

    27 January 2014 | News | Climate change
  • There was an 'atmosphere of suspicion' at the climate change talks in Warsaw in November (Credit: DrabikPany, via Creative Commons http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

    Climate diplomacy can build the trust needed to secure our common future

    Pa Ousman Jarju explains how diplomacy can overcome the distrust between rich and poor countries at the UN climate change negotiations.

    14 January 2014 | Blog | Climate change
  • Press photographers recording the opening plenary (Photo: UNclimatechange, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    IIED at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP19)

    The full programme of IIED activity at COP19 this November, including video blog updates.

    20 December 2013 | Article | Climate change
  • Construction workers build a hotel in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa. Credit: Overseas Development Institute / Antony Robbins (Creative Commons http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/deed.en_GB)

    Time to hear LDC voices on Post-2015 development goals

    The post-2015 development agenda will most profoundly affect the least developed countries (LDCs), so it's essential that people in these countries have a greater say in what the goals look like.

    10 December 2013 | Blog | Governance
  • Climate change negotiators have several gaps to bridge at the COP19 talks. Photo credit: Oxfam International

    COP19: What the Least Developed Countries expect from the climate talks

    Gaps between the expectations of developing countries and the low emissions targets and climate finance promised by developed countries must be bridged at the Warsaw climate talks.

    6 November 2013 | Blog | Climate change
  • COP19 in Warsaw – a private finance climate conference?

    At the UN climate conference in Copenhagen 2009, developed countries committed to provide funds rising to US$100 billion per year by 2020 to support developing countries in their efforts to address

    31 October 2013 | Blog | Climate change
  • Children go to school on boat in flood-prone Bangladesh. Photo: G.M.B Akash/Panos

    Least developed countries lead on low-carbon resilience

    Some of the least developed countries are at the forefront of an approach that combines efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, adapt to climate change and achieve economic and social development.

    16 October 2013 | Blog | Climate change
  • Polluted air coming out of the smoke stacks of a factory in Shanghai, China.

    The least developed countries, equity, and a brave new world

    For the first time, all of the world’s major carbon emitters – including China, the US and India – will be legally bound to a new global climate agreement that reduces emissions. But, HOW?

    2 July 2013 | Blog | Climate change
  • World’s poorest nations can set international agenda for sustainable development

    The least developed countries (LDCs) can play a critical role in ensuring that the new global sustainability goals – which the international community aims to have in place by 2015 — are both fair and effective.

    20 June 2013 | News | Governance
  • Picture of the Punakha Dzong, an administrative centre in Bhutan. A river runs past it in the foreground and wooded hills rise behind it.

    Low carbon resilience in the least developed countries: a panacea to address climate change?

    Instead of talking about climate change mitigation or adaptation, low carbon resilience has become the new buzzword in climate policy.

    22 January 2013 | Blog | Climate change
  • Installing solar panels in Rwanda. Photo: Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF)

    Theories of change for low carbon resilient development

    Policies for low carbon resilient development aim to support climate resilient development in the poorest countries while also addressing climate change through reducing carbon emissions. This research programme seeks to bring together the two aspects of the climate change debate: mitigation and adaptation.

    3 January 2013 | Project | Climate change
  • Least Developed Countries map from Wikimedia Commons 2006

    Providing on-demand legal, technical and strategic advice to the Least Developed Countries Group

    IIED works to strengthen the position of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in international climate negotiations and related global forums. We do this by providing real-time legal, technical and strategic advice and research support to the LDC Group in the UNFCCC process. We collaborate directly with the LDC chair and members of the LDC Group's core team of negotiators in delivering our work

    18 December 2012 | Project | Climate change
  • Participants of the 2014 ecbi pre-COP training workshop for LDC negotiators, Lima

    Workshops that build climate negotiators' capacity: European Capacity Building Initiative training and support programme

    The European Capacity Building Initiative (ecbi) training and support programme focuses on building the capacity of UNFCCC negotiators from vulnerable developing countries

    17 December 2012 | Project | Climate change
  • Sumaya Zakieldeen

    Q&A with Sumaya Zakieldeen

    Sumaya Zakieldeen, the Least Developed Countries representative to the Adaptation Committee under the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Framework, on how she sees her role going forward.

    21 June 2012 | Article | Climate change
  • India at the UN Climate negotiations: back to the wall

    Of all the baffling going-ons at the recent climate change conference in Durban, what bewildered me most was the position of India.

    22 December 2011 | Blog | Climate change
  • Consensus grows behind the scenes at the UN climate negotiations

    It’s too early to talk about the end-game in the 17th conference of parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) talks that are underway in Durban. But amid the shifting diplomatic sands of talks and texts, there are signs that some of the ground is starting to solidify.

    4 December 2011 | Blog | Climate change
  • The International Institute for Environment and Development’s role at the UN climate negotiations

    The UN climate conference has officially opened and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) is here in Durban, out in force. We’re not in prominent negotiating positions, but we play an important role behind the scenes helping support least developed country negotiators and southern partners engage with the process.

    28 November 2011 | Blog | Climate change
  • Poor and vulnerable countries are defying climate inaction

    Slow progress at global climate talks is belied by the plethora of actions in many smaller and more at-risk developing nations.

    9 November 2011 | Blog | Climate change
  • An American predicament that threatens the Green Climate Fund

    In the context of the multilateral climate change negotiations, this global realization has slowly, but inexorably led to the conclusion that for the foreseeable future, it would be vain to expect

    3 November 2011 | Blog | Climate change
  • Climate change advocacy fund good news for poor countries

    “For developing countries in general and least developed countries in particular, we can't afford to support big delegations”, said Sumaya Zakieldeen from Sudan’s national climate change negotiation team. “The coming period of negotiation under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is going to be extremely ...important as it is going to shape the fate of climate change and accordingly the fate of the most vulnerable to adverse impacts... It will be exceptionally important to be there to play our assigned roles on behalf of our people and finish what we started.”

    8 September 2011 | Blog | Climate change
  • Renewables, why bother?

    For much of the developing world producing clean energy that also mitigates carbon emissions is a very low priority. After all, why should countries that haven't significantly contributed to climate change worry about reducing their relatively tiny carbon emissions? In any case who would pay for it all?

    4 August 2010 | Blog | Climate change
  • COP 15 - Review and analysis

    Review and analysis of the aspirations and outcomes of the conference - What were the results? What comes next?

    21 January 2010 | Article | Climate change
  • Venn diagram of LDCs

    Least Developed Countries

    Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are the poorest countries in the world. A number of criteria determine this status. As of May 2009, LDCs number 50. Roughly 65 per cent are in Africa; a number of others are known as Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Many SIDS are low-lying and located in parts of the world already prone to extreme weather events, factors that make them highly vulnerable to climate change impacts such as sea level rise and fiercer and more frequent tropical storms.

    30 April 2009 | Article | Climate change
  • Q&A: climate negotiations

    Interview with IIED's Dr Saleemul Huq on what the upcoming negotiations mean for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), what funding options for adaptation will look like with the advent of the global economic recession, why media coverage from a LDC perspective is so crucial and what we can expect to see from the big hitters at the climate conference in Copenhagen.

    17 March 2009 | Article | Climate change
  • Just the beginning

    Yvo de Boer, who runs the UNFCCC secretariat, laid out clearly where we are with agreement on the text in his inimitable laconic style: ‘We are near to the end of putting things in and near to the beginning of taking things out.’

    12 December 2008 | Blog | Climate change
  • Knowing your team mates

    You wouldn’t expect a football team that had never practiced together to play particularly well, would you?

    4 December 2008 | Blog | Climate change
  • Moveable feast: the floating gardens of Bangladesh

    The farmers of southern Bangladesh have seen it all: cyclones, catastrophic flooding, silted-up rivers and creeping salination. Their South Asian homeland — a wedge of the tropics regularly exposed to searing heat and heavy monsoons — is one of the most climate-vulnerable countries on Earth.

    3 October 2008 | Article | Climate change
  • CLACC Fellows gather in Durban, South Africa

    Capacity Strengthening in Least Developed Countries for Adaptation to Climate Change (CLACC)

    Through CLACC, IIED works with researchers in 15 Least Developed Countries to generate knowledge, strengthen capacity and encourage action on climate adaptation.  

    5 September 2008 | Project | Climate change
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