May 062019

Transcript of the Radio interview at Thaha Sanchar Network, discussing possible impact of climate change on weather pattern with Rabindra Subedi. 

This interview was published at

बैशाख १९, २०७६ यो पटक अघिल्ला वर्षहरूमा भन्दा धेरै मौसममा फेरबदल देखिएको छ। हिउँदमा धेरै वर्षा भयो भने प्री-मनसुन पनि बढी नै वर्षा भइरहेको छ। अघिल्ला वर्ष खडेरी र सुक्‍खा लाग्ने समयमा यो पटक वर्षा भइरहेको छ। काठमाडौंसहित देशका धेरै भूभागमा वर्षा भइरहेको छ। यस वर्ष तराईका जिल्लाहरूमा ‘टोर्नाडो’समेत देखियो। यो केको असर हो? मौसममा किन एकाएक बदली देखियो? थाहा सञ्‍चार नेटवर्कका लागि रवीन्द्र सुवेदीले जलवायु परिवर्तनका जानकार मञ्जित ढकालसँग गरेको कुराकानी :

यो पटकको मौसम अघिल्ला वर्षहरूभन्दा भिन्‍न देखियो, यसको कारण के हो?

‘मौसम’ भनेको छोटो समयमा हुने मौसमी फेरबदल हो। लामो समयको मौसमी फेरबदललाई जलवायु परिवर्तनको असरका रूपमा बुझिन्छ। पृथ्वीको कुनै भूभागको कम्तीमा ३० वर्षको मौसमी विश्लेषणलाई ‘जलवायु परिवर्तन’ भन्‍ने बुझ्नुपर्दछ। अहिले अवस्था कस्तो रह्‍यो भने पृथ्वीको औसत तापक्रम झण्डै १ डिग्रीले बढेको छ। कुनै ठाउँमा तापक्रम अझै धेरै बढिसकेको छ। पृथ्वीको तापक्रम बढ्दा हामीले यसअघि भोग्नुनपरेका नयाँनयाँ असर भोग्नुपरिरहेको छ। Continue reading »

 Posted by on May 6, 2019 at 12:18 pm
May 012019

This article is co-authored with Tenzin Wangmo, LDC Lead Negotiator from Bhutan, and was  first published on LDC Group official website on 12 April 2019.

Rules alone will not get us anywhere; we need urgent and more ambitious climate action

2019 will be a critical year for carrying forward the momentum on climate action generated last year through COP24, the Talanoa Dialogue and the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C(1.5°C Special Report). Although COP24 delivered on most of the core elements of the Paris rulebook, the rulebook is just one element for achieving the Paris Agreement’s 1.5oC long-term temperature goal and other long-term goals. Without urgent and more ambitious action, even robust rules will not get us anywhere. Therefore, it is important that countries around the world embrace 2019 as a year of ambition and action, taking us towards climate resilient and 1.5°C pathways consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Katowice package for implementing the Paris Agreement

The chief task of COP24 was to agree on the guidelines for implementing and accounting for climate action and support within the framework of the Paris Agreement. The package of rules adopted in Katowice – the result of three years of development and negotiations culminating at COP24 – received a mixed response. Some commentators expressed doubt as to whether the outcome would lead to a scaling-up of climate action, and finance needed for developing countries. However, the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) believe that at its core, the COP24 outcome, despite some deficiencies and unfinished business, was still a landmark success in bringing the Paris Agreement to life. Now it’s time to act. Continue reading »

 Posted by on May 1, 2019 at 4:37 pm
Sep 072018

The 2015 Paris Agreement was negotiated piece by piece, rather than as a whole document. As a result, although several pieces of the Agreement are closely related and even overlap, not all the linkages between them are logical or, at least as yet, coherent. Identifying and addressing the links between these different complex elements is essential for the overall coherence and effectiveness of the Paris outcome. This paper identifies links and gaps between the major elements of the Agreement.

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 Posted by on September 7, 2018 at 11:09 pm
Mar 042018

By Gebru Jember (Chair of the LDC Group) and Manjeet Dhakal

2018 is a crucial year in the climate negotiations. COP23 in Bonn was able to draw the sketch of the Road to Katowice, and now it is important that negotiators get to work to ensure that the journey in the coming months is successfully completed.

In November 2017, the LDC Group with members comprising 47 countries spread across Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Caribbean attended the ‘First Island COP’, held under a Fiji Presidency at the seat of the UNFCCC Secretariat. With the mandate to develop and finalise the rules of the Paris Agreement by the end of 2018, the determination shown by governments in Bonn to make substantive progress on the work remaining was very positive. However, there are many areas of the Paris Agreement Work Programme (PAWP), tasked with developing different parts of the rules, which are still seriously lagging behind schedule.

With much work therefore still to be done to finalise the rules by the end of this year, the LDC group will also be reminding other negotiating groups in the lead up to COP24 not to lose sight of the big picture – that all these efforts should ultimately lead to ramping up the next round of emission reduction pledges to put the world on a pathway to limit warming to 1.5°C.  Continue reading »

Dec 282016
Did Marrakech climate talks deliver for world’s poorest?

This article was first published on 05/12/2016, 5:23pm at the CLIMATE HOME Lead envoy of Least Developed Countries bloc and chief advisor assess whether the COP22 talks last month offer hope dangerous warming will be stopped (Pic: UNFCCC/Flickr) By Tosi Mpanu-Mpanu and Manjeet Dhakal The Paris Agreement entering into force in record time, just eleven […]