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DAY 10: KEY UPDATES

Talanoa calls for action

The political phase of the Talanoa Dialogue closed yesterday, with high-level representatives and aiming for a way forward.

The UN Secretary-General António Guterres underscored the importance of the IPCC 1.5°C report and urged parties to agree to a “Katowice package” that progresses on finance and leads to enhancing climate plans.

Several countries from the EU and small islands called for a COP decision on the outcome of the Talanoa Dialogue. The COP 23 president also called on all countries to join Fiji and Marshall Islands in committing to raise the ambition, and to bring concrete plans to the 2019 Climate Summit, informed by the Talanoas.

Ministers approach

Ministers worked all day to discuss the final difficult issues of the Paris rulebook. Although texts were promised during the day, we are still waiting for them the day after.

Some people expressed concern about the mode of work, where couples of ministers facilitate the discussions on certain issues. The methodology differs a lot depending on the issue being negotiated, and people seem to lack clarity on the way forward.

Equity is not equal

One of the crunch issues to solve in these negotiations is how to make “equity” work under the Global Stocktake. Some developed countries are proposing to develop a set of indicators to inform equity, and therefore aligning their objectives with that.

We heard that some of the developing countries with bigger economies are pushing against that. Maybe they are afraid that the equity definition won’t be very useful for them?

Transparency

Transparency is one of the issues that still remains unresolved, specially how to have flexibility in the reporting and build capacity over time. Eco gives some ideas on what we need in this text going forward.

The High Ambition Coalition is back

The international coalition that formed to secure the Paris Agreement announced their focus on the 1.5 target with a pledge to increase their short term action, re-submit NDCs before 2020, and commit to long term low carbon strategies.

The grouping has morphed since Paris, here’s the countries currently signed on:

  • ABU: Argentina
  • Umbrella: Canada, New Zealand
  • Ailac: Costa Rica
  • Ethiopia (who signed as chair of LDCs)
  • EU: Germany, France, Denmark, Sweeden, Norway, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweeden, UK
  • AOSIS: Jamaica, Marshall Islands, Fiji, Saint Lucia, Grenada
  • EiG: Mexico, Luxembourg, Monaco

Expect this to shift what has largely been a slow negotiating period.

MINISTER STATEMENTS

Minister statements continued until late last night (past midnight). We are working on quick guides to what was said. For those interested in quick guides now, here’s a preview.

Who spoke on gender?
Ghana, Uganda, Peru

Who Spoke about youth?
Brazil, Ghana,

Who Spoke about human rights?
Iceland, Nicaragua, Marshall Islands

FROM OUR FELLOWS

In case you want to re-live the US action, Jhesset (The Daily Inquirer) has a great wrap up of all the drama.

If you’ve ever thought about how African states raise money, our Botswana tracker Sharon (Botswana Guardian) has a short wrap up of the AfDB and their role in supporting action across the continent.

The International Solar Alliance is also back from Paris. Manka (Times of India) covered the re-vitalised agreement.

WIDER NEWS

The UN compact on safe migration has gone ahead. While rejected by Austria, Australia, Chile, the Czech Republic, Italy, Hungary, Poland, Latvia, Slovakia and the Dominican Republic, this is a small bit of big news.

Angela Merkel, who welcomed hundreds of thousand of refugees from Syria and Afghanistan into her country, received a standing ovation on Monday after an impassioned speech in which she said the UN was founded after the second world war and spoke of the “incredible suffering on humankind” wrought by the Nazi regime.

TODAY'S EVENTS

14:00 (Action Hub) – Driving the Energy Transition through Innovation, IRENAA

15:00 (Plenary) – Negotiations restart

When they finish, we transfer to the negotiations around Pre-2020 ambition (or the Kyoto Protocol)

OTHER EVENTS TO WATCH OUT FOR

13:15 (Bug) – International support for the design and implementation of carbon pricing instruments
13:15 (Warmia) – Powering Past Coal Alliance: Accelerating the Global Coal Transition
16:45 (Bug) – Fuel to the Fire – drivers, profiteers and losers of geoengineering
16:45 (Narew) – Rising the ambition: long term strategies in Brazil. Business and society engaged.
18:30 (Warmia) – Climate Policy: Just, in time and people-centred

Photo: Kiara Worth, ENB

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