Timor-Leste Launched its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC), a National Plan to Combat Climate Change

Jan 24, 2017

Launching Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) with H.E. Constancio Pinto, Minister of Commerce, Industry and Environment of Timor-Leste, Mr. Knut Ostby, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, and Mr. Paulo Toselli, Eu-Delegation, European Union.

In accordance with paragraph 13 of the Paris Agreement (Decision 1/CP.21) which invites all Parties that have not yet submitted their INDCs to submit it to the UNFCCC secretariat before COP22, the Government of Timor-Leste hereby has finalized and approved it’s INDC prior to the 22nd Conference of Parties (COP22) in Marakesh, Morocco in November 2016.

The INDC is a national plan of actions that the country intends to do to contribute to achieving the ultimate objective of Article 2 of the UNFCCC: “to achieve… stabilisation of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.”

Timor-Leste’s INDC was developed based on the special provisions given to the Least Developed Country (LDC) and Small Island Development States (SIDS) that their INDCs “may communicate information on strategies, plans and actions for low greenhouse gas emission development reflecting their special circumstances”. Thus, Timor-Leste’s INDC does not have any specific emission reduction targets but focuses on economy wide plans and actions to ensure contribution towards the globally agreed 2-degree Celsius goal by 2025 and 2030.

This INDC document was officially launched by H.E. Mr. Constancio Pinto, Minister of Commerce, Industry and Environment at a workshop held in Timor-Plaza on the 24th of January 2016 following the participation of GoTL’s delegation at CoP22.

“Today is an important day for Timor-Leste, a marking date of our great commitment to contribute towards achieving the global goals,” His Excellency Mr. Constancio Pinto “Timor-Leste’s INDC is a result of the good cooperation between ministries and several organizations such as UNDP.”

UNDP has supported the development and finalization of this key climate change document in support of Timor-Leste’s approach towards the historic Paris Agreement and to showcase its national commitment towards the global goals.

“We are very delighted to know that the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) was approved by the Council of Minister’s, and that we are officially launching the plan today.” Said Mr. Knut Ostby, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative “We reaffirm our willingness and commitment to support implementation of the INDC in coming days under the leadership of the GoTL”

Timor-Leste with a land area of about 15,954 square kilometres and population of 1,183,643 (2015Population Census) people, is one of the top 10 vulnerable countries to the impacts of climate change. The government has embarked on a number of actions which will result in increasing the use of renewable energy technologies, improve energy security and reduction of GHG emissions through programmes such as solar home lighting systems to primarily rural population and efficient cookstoves which will have significant impact on the use of biomass resources and forest/land degradation sectors. However, the main focus for long term sustainable development still remains adaptation to climate change by addressing the adverse impacts of climate change.


Read additional  info on COP22 and Timor-Leste here: http://www.cccb-tl.org/news/cop-22-and-timor-leste-delegation

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