It’s the very last day of the UN climate talks. It’s 11am and I am sitting in the back of the main hall where the last plenary for the Ad Hoc Working Group for Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention, or as it’s called around here AWG – LCA.
There was a certain buzz in the halls this morning – and not just because security has been revved and everyone ‘beeped’ on their way in. This is the LAST CHANCE for nations to ensure that their vision for climate action is accurately recorded within the negotiating text. Australia just had the floor to state that the shared vision text will shape the success of any 2020 agreement. An obvious, but vital point. The agreed upon shared vision will be like a blue print for global action. Developing countries are lobbying hard to ensure that the shared vision text appropriately captures the need for ambitious and urgent action, and provides clarity to the term historical responsibility. But, there is a real concern that the shared vision text may be watered down by rich countries so they can later find a loop hole from taking the kind of strong and urgent action they have the responsbility to take.
More to come,
PS. The Global youth came out in force this morning to remind the delegates of the importance of their job ahead…