The most recent UN climate change meeting ended on 23rd October, in Bonn. This marked the last negotiation before the start of COP-21 on 30 November. Delegates gathered in light of a new negotiating text drafted by the Co-Chairs, who had radically reduced its size from around 80 to just 20 pages. In doing so, they had also cast out many of the countries’ key policies and wish lists. With pressure to intensify the pace of negotiation in time for COP-21 in Paris, the new shortened text was deemed unbalanced, with agreements and positions omitted. Therefore the meeting was spent with delegates reinserting text on various sections.
The draft agreement is now 31 pages, with the draft decision text at 20 pages, but with the significant benefit that it has been acknowledged this is now a ‘Party-owned’ text – critically important in a process heavily dependent on trust and transparency. The UNFCCC Secretariat have also been asked to produce a technical paper identifying duplications and streamlining text without changing the content. All attention is now on COP-21, where agreement between Parties will, finally, have to take occur.
- 10 November 2015