Lao PDR contributes to the global Climate Change Agenda

Sep 26, 2016

Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith handing over the signed document of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and UNDP take another important step towards climate change mitigation and adaptation

Lao PDR’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution for reduction of greenhouse gas emissions is being implemented with the help of a new project funded by the Global Environment Facility in partnership with UNDP and the Department of Disaster Management and Climate Change.

Recently, great advances were made in the global dialogue on climate change.  China and the USA formally ratified the Paris Climate Agreement at the G20 meeting in China earlier this month.  By signing the Paris Agreement, countries commit themselves to contribute to climate action and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  Lao PDR signed the Agreement on this year’s Earth Day, April 22 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.  

On 7 September 2016, during the ASEAN Summits, hosted by Lao PDR as the current Chair of ASEAN, Prime Minister H.E. Thongloun Sisoulith handed over the Lao PDR Paris Agreement ratification instrument to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

The contribution of greenhouse gasses to the changing climate has been on the global agenda for many years. However, the Paris Agreement last December set some ambitious goals that call for global cooperation to combat climate change, and unleash actions and investment towards a low carbon, resilient and sustainable future.

As a lead up to last year‘s Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP 21), countries had to submit their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions, which contain plans and strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Lao PDR showed its support to the Climate Change Agenda by submitting its own Contribution in time for COP 21. These Contributions are seen as a key component informing the ratification of the Paris Climate Agreement.

As a commitment to combat climate change, on 13 September 2016 a new project was launched to focus on the implementation of Lao PDR’s Contribution. The project will run until September 2017 and will implement measures that help Lao PDR  to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

”The development of this project is significant for Lao PDR“ identified Mr. Balasubramaniam Murali, Deputy Resident Representative at the project’s Inception Workshop. ”It demonstrates the Government’s pledge to follow up on the commitments made at UNFCCC COP 21 in Paris, and Lao PDR’s timely preparation and submission of its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution.“

The Inception Workshop was attended by several development partners including the British and the French Embassies, and the German Development Cooperation GIZ, other UN Agencies including FAO and WHO, as well as representatives from various Government ministries.

The successful implementation of the project will set an important foundation for the strong link between economic development, sustainability and the need to mainstream environmental considerations, including action on climate change, into national development plans.

For more information, please contact:

Margaret Jones-Williams, Environment Unit Manager, UNDP Lao PDR

margaret.jones.williams@undp.org, +856 21 267 710