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Negotiations tracker: day 4

Here we aim to offer a daily brief on the state of the negotiations at COP25

Credits: UNFCCC.

Loss and damage and the markets discussions seem a bit stuck…. so what is happening in the negotiations?

Response Measures: there is good progress in making a concrete 6 year work program, with a lot of activities on the table.

Periodic review: Developing countries are focussed on making sure that developed countries bump up their Pre-2020 actions, otherwise they do not want to hear about science.

Common timeframes: Big step backwards – 8 different ideas on the table around when national plans should be accounted for, including an option to decide this next year. Seems like everything will be postponed to the next session.

IPCC discussion on land and Oceans: Now under SBSTA they are discussing how we can include these reports into the negotiations. The ongoing challenge over whether they want to ‘welcome’, ’note’, ’note with appreciation’ the science. 

Gender: The Gender action plan was seen as a big “win” for this COP, but with a Saturday deadline, there isn’t clarity if countries will agree on the scope of activities for the 6 year workplan in the future. This would be a big shame, as funding and activities could risk getting in the way of a clearly agreed element of the talks.

Everyone is placing their bets on what the final COP Decision should include, some ideas are: Call for new climate plans to be presented in 2020, stress for the roadmap on finance, push for pre-2020 goals to be met and recognising of UNSG summit.