COP25 recap: day 8


And welcome to COP25 day 8, live from Madrid.

Here an update from the negotiations.

high level segment

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After a tumultuous night at the negotiations which saw many-core negotiating issues pushed back or even pushed aside to next year, Environmental Ministers addressed the UN highlighting their priorities in the fight against climate change.

Here we present to you yesterdays’ key moments from island states, developing and developed countries.


We stand or else we fall” was one of the last statements that Mr. Omar Antonio Figueroa, Minister of Fisheries, Forestry the Environment and Sustainable Development of Belize gave today, speaking on behalf of the Alliance of Small Island Developing States during the High-Level segment at COP25.

Here’s our summary of the statement delivered by the island states.

developing countries

G77 + China, India, Turkey, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates. One of the strongest speeches came from India. “Don’t bring new issues, don’t deviate and don’t change the goal post” that was the opening statement by Mr Prakash Javadekar, Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and Minister of Information and Broadcasting of India. The words that followed to it kept the same tone, similar to the ones from the previously mentioned developing countries.

Here’s our summary of the statement delivered by some of the key developing countries.


Finland and the European Union, Australia, Norway and Germany. The most ambitious of all speeches came from Ms Svenja Schulze, Minister of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety of Germany, who described their Climate Action Programme and a strong investment in climate finance.

Here’s our summary of the statement delivered by some of the key developed countries.


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The negotiation sessions have moved to the more “political” stage, and have been taken over by the ministers and the presidency.

The COP25 presidency will be leading the scope of the next periodic review, CGE, and gender negotiations.

Other issues will be led by newly appointed co-facilitators, which will be pairs of ministers. These are South Africa and New Zealand for Article 6 on carbon markets, Grenada and Norway for loss and damage, Switzerland and Jamaica for Response Measures and Spain and Singapore the final decision 1/CP.25.

They will now have to crunch some of the most difficult issues of these topics. Yesterday negotiators were still a bit lost on how this would proceed moving forward. Maybe except for the US, who had very clear that, even though they will leave the Paris Agreement, they still want to be able to control the Warsaw International Mechanism on Loss and Damage, make sure there is no finance related to it or that does not lead to any liability or compensation.


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The EU is presenting their Green New Deal today. Politico leaked it and here’s an insight into how that fits with the broader climate talks

Australia is in Madrid to promote “hydrogen” – but definitely not the Renewable kind. Check out this line-by-line rebuke of the Environment Minister’s statement by a former negotiator.

For those looking into Carbon Markets right now, it’s not a new piece, but this is an awesome background explanation from Propubilca’s investigation in Brazil. Highly recommended. 

Climate Nexus Performance Index 2020 was released today. Compare how your country is going on a scale of 0 – 100


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