We’ve seen the drill before.
Negotiators take their time each conference, inching only slightly forward during the first days of the end-of-year climate talks.
It’s frustrating, but it’s somehow it has become unsurprising.
This year, however, the negotiators working toward a new global agreement have a card up their sleeve: SUNDAYS.
But wait, not any Sunday.
— David Tong (@Davidxvx) November 20, 2015
That’s right: the slow-paced ADP process (tasked during the 2011 Durban Climate Talks with clearing the way for a new global agreement) called for a meeting the Sunday before the COP officially starts, which means that when heads of state arrive in Paris for the Conference inauguration, at least some ground could have been cleared, “could” being the key word in that sentence.
The Sceneario Note for the ADP, a really boring but importang UNFCCC document (like all of them, huh?), states this:
To make the most efficient use of time in Paris, the Co-Chairs propose to Parties that the ADP plenary meet briefly at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, 29 November, at the conference site (Le Bourget).
Some other interesting details in the Scenario Note:
- The Co-Chairs and representatives of the COP 20 and COP 21 presidencies will together undertake presessional consultations between 25 and 28 November 2015 on the completion of work under the Durban Platform and the completion and adoption of the Paris outcomes.
- In addition, the Co-Chairs will meet with any interested Party or group of Parties that requests to do so from 25 November to noon on 28 November (why does Party never really mean ‘Party’ at the UNFCCC?)
- An open-ended informal consultation with all Parties on the mode of work will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, 28 November at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. This informal meeting will be hosted jointly by the Co-Chairs and the incoming Presidency of COP 21.
So you heard the Tweet (can you hear tweets?): get your tracking gear ready for Sunday evening, because Paris is waiting for no one. Let’s just hope no one actually gets left behind.
We spoke exclusively with one negotiator who would prefer to remain anonymous who had this to say: