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The Negotiations: What You Need to Know

Talanoa Dialogue

Yesterday the preparatory phase of the Talanoa Dialogue closed, and the conclusions were explained in the plenary. The countries welcomed its outcome and some, like the EU or the small islands, asked for increased ambition to come out of this process.

Common timeframes

While the Paris Agreement states that commitments need to be revised every 5 years, countries are still discussing when they want to do that. Some argue every 5 years, some every 10, and some every 10 with a revision in between. Some countries are arguing for this to be implemented from 2031 onwards, and some other from 2041 onwards. Basically, we know nothing.

How are we doing so far?

Countries also met yesterday to take stock of how the different negotiation issues under the rulebook are progressing. There are only 2 more days left of negotiations before the ministers arrive and move to the more political work. The countries said:

  • G77, the group of the majority of the developing countries, stressed that developed countries need to do more
  • AOSIS, the small island states, asked for loss and damage to be included in the rulebook and expressed concern on how some countries don’t want to put mitigation in their commitments
  • The Arab Group opposed non-party stakeholders (NGOs, businesses, etc) to be part of the Global Stocktake, including IPCC experts involvement
  • The African Group asked for flexibility in the transparency framework and asked for an agreement to be reached on finance
  • The Like-minded developing countries asked for differentiation to be considered in transparency, global stocktake and mitigation

Anna, Chris, and Lina at our first daily track in Katowice. 

From Our Fellows

India believes the pre-2020 targets are being treated as a “side event” – from Manka in the Times of India.

Argentina announces that in 2020 they will also have a long-term strategy, from Maria Julia.

Great coverage of the People’s Climate Demands to “End Fossil Fuels” from Jhesset in the Philippines and Hans in Indonesia.

Our Tunisian Tracker put the Fossil of the Day for the Arab group on the front page in Tunisia.

Vietnam is known for strict media censorship, but our Tracker Mai published the findings of the Germanwatch report on Climate Risk in Vietnamese and English here.


Wider News

Buzzfeed News has a great piece of investigative journalism into the “Yellow Jackets” riots. What many are framing as a lesson in why we need a “just transition” is revealed to be a lesson in how dangerous Facebook is.

Grist has published a thought-provoking read on the use of “us vs them” metaphors in the Climate space, and the potential value of collective narratives that seek to unite people.
CNN covered a big shipping story – the world’s biggest shipping company, Maersk, which has just committed it aims to go carbon neutral by 2050.

The Guardian highlights new paleological research that up to 96% of all marine species and more than two-thirds of terrestrial species perished due to global warming about 250 million years ago. According to the research, after a series of volcanoes, the earth warmed 10 degrees, and the earth’s oceans became so hot, they lost around 80% of their oxygen

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