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Day 9 of the Paris Climate Change Conference

By December 8, 2015 No Comments
  • Newly unveiled 100 country-strong “high ambition coalition” includes 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, the US and the EU
  • Civil society gathers for massive action laying out what’s needed to reach limit warming to 1.5ºC
  • New text expected mid-day Wednesday, with the deadline set for a final version Thursday

Government delegates worked through Tuesday and into Wednesday morning trying to identify bridges between different options in the text. Topic-focused groups that started Sunday, initially addressing cross-cutting issues, have expanded to include more sections of the agreement including Loss & Damage and Adaptation.

We’re starting to see a more clear picture of the partnerships shaping the agreement – with news of a 100 country-strong “high ambition coalition,” including 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, the US and all of EU member states breaking Tuesday. Saudi Arabia, meanwhile, continues to carry blame for blocking key pieces on ambition that might unlock a deal.

Germany announced US$50 million for the Adaptation Fund, which received a welcome reception. Bigger questions about climate finance remain elusive. China, Brazil and South Africa joined India in rejecting a key OECD study claiming that developed countries have already mobilised two-thirds of their US$100 billion annual climate finance by 2020 pledge.

The French COP President, Laurent Fabius, clarified the process moving forward, with a clean text due out at 1pm Wednesday. His call for a final text to be delivered Thursday.

News, links & useful grist that caught our eye

As negotiations head into the final stretch, the pressure is now on governments to deliver an agreement that can a pathway to below 1.5DegC of warming. Our partners staged a massive action strengthened that call, with street theater for negotiators and demands that a Paris deal sets out an ambitious long term vision, delivers the necessary mechanisms to achieve it, and helps protect the world’s most vulnerable people from the worst climate impacts.

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Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia and Australia are failing to deliver on climate change policies, according to an annual assessment of 58 nations’ climate action. Denmark topped the ranking, released by Germanwatch and CAN Europe today in Paris, followed by the UK, Sweden, Belgium and France.

E3G Executive Director Nick Mabey laid out what we have in store for the next three days in an oped on Climate Home; breaking down the interests of oil producers, forest nations, high-tech trading centres, low lying and desert countries all have distinct interests to protect. This is where it gets serious.


For a selection of graphics on what’s needed to keep global warming below 1.5DegC and the reality of coal check out the Climate Tracker flickr page.

Survival Media Agency published pics from a number of actions and events Wednesday, including a 1.5ºC action; a youth-led action calling for zero emissions by 2050; and an action on the links between health and climate change.

If you’re in Paris, join our Daily Tck meeting in Observer room 7 on Monday. If not, you can tune in live online. The Daily Tck meeting is a chance for civil society actors from across the UNFCCC to gather intelligence, share tactics and ignite collaboration. You can also sign-up for our COP21 mailing list, where we’ll share meeting notes and resources. Catch the live-stream here.

The Climate Action Network is publishing daily ECO newsletters, laying out their case to negotiators.

There’s a slew of quality blogs on with updates from inside the negotiations from our Climate Trackers. Our Paris team is also writing for newspapers around the world. You can find some of those stories via their twitter group.

The most useful hashtag for tracking the negotiations in real-time is #COP21. We’ll join the conversation on twitter via @tcktcktck.

We’ll also keep you abreast of developments in the wider world of climate activism and action a ttcktcktck.org.

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