by Lara Shirley
We are entering the point in the COP where negotiation spaces are mostly closed to us, and draft decision text is being generated from the various areas of work. To see the documents published so far, go here.
The ADP text was issued yesterday. Today there were two open consultations as well as a special event with the co-chairs, in which civil society was permitted to ask questions and give comments to the co-chairs.
[Earth] was the first to ask a question, calling out the fact that developed countries are not showing the ambition and leadership needed right now. Developed countries claim there is that no need to talk about the implementation gap that many developing countries called for because other processes are dealing with it, but in reality we know that nothing is happening elsewhere either. There’s no money, no willingness to talk about loss and damage, no removing of barriers to technology transfer like IPR. Given this, another decade is going to be lost with very low ambition – with backsliding by Japan and Australia, which is clearly destructive to the negotiations. We are frustrated with no leadership coming from developed countries – we are angry and upset – especially given what we have seen in Philippines. What can be done to put pressure on developed countries?
However, this was interpreted by the co-chairs as being about non-state actors, and as a result got a fairly mundane response. Most of the other questions in the room were from BINGOs, including Merrill Lynch and a carbon capture and storage business.