DAY 6: KEY UPDATES
Whenever a country submits their climate plans, it will have to go to a platform (for example a website) that will collect all of them. Countries don’t seem to agree if this registry will include mitigation and adaptation issues, or if it will be searchable. Yes, my friends. The search button is a question in the Google era.
Today new texts were released by the facilitators on nearly all main negotiation issues. Negotiators had a crazy reading time! No one complained on the paperwork, and in the APA contact group each party grouping got to express if they liked the new texts or not.
- The G77 wants to see more differentiation when it comes to transparency and NDCS, so developed countries have stricter rules and lead the way. They also complained on the famous “Article 9.5” on finance not moving forward.
- The Umbrella group, which includes lovely countries like the US or Australia, said no to including Loss and Damage in Transparency, and considered it is too early to talk about a new finance goal for 2025.
- Surprisingly, the Arab group asked for response measures, and the Like-minded countries asked for differentiation and equity in many of the articles.
After hearing the countries’ views the APA co-chairs presented their crazy schedule: negotiations were only allowed to run until 10pm last night, in order to have new texts by 10am today. Today afternoon, technical bodies have to close only sending “a handful” of issues to the ministers next week. Yeah, well, good luck.
FROM OUR FELLOWS
Big Air Pollution Focus: Both our Vietnamese tracker (Mai Hoang) and our Filipina (Jhesset Enano) have focussed on the WHO report, linking the co-benefits of combating climate change with air pollution. Here is Mai’s piece and Jhesset’s piece in the Inquirer.
Costa Rica’s Energy Ministry Director confirms COP25 desire: Andrea Meza, Director of the Minister of Energy and Climate Change spoke exclusively with Maria Julia Arana, and re-confirmed Costa Rica’s desire to host next year’s Climate talks.
Charles Piller dives into the potentially ethically challenging investments of large charities that engage in sustainability. In Science, he higlights that the Welcome Trust and many others have extensive links to offshore funds.
Angela Merkel’s CDU Party has a new leader, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. She describes herself as a Catholic social conservative from a historically famous coal mining region, well beyond its prime. She is married to a mining engineer.
Quartz is reporting that Africa’s growing cities are its most vulnerable to Climate Change.
However, looking into the research, Southeast Asia’s cities Jakarta and Manila far outweigh the potential financial risk.