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Youth and civil society Occupied COP17 for several hours this afternoon insupport of vulnerable countries, Africa and small island states.
Overnight, a small group of Ministers and negotiatiors met until 4am to try to move towards a consensus on big pictureissues. One negotiator reported that the mood was optimistic but there were no breakthroughs.
The EU, Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and AOSIS issued a common statement in support of an ambitiousoutcome. It is good to see developed and developing countries starting to collaborate to push for an ambitiousoutcome even though details are few and it remains to be seen how this will play out in the final text.
NGOs remain focused on an outcome that gives us at least a fighting chance to avoid 2 degree warming above pre-industrial levels – we actually need to stay 1.5 degrees. None of the options we currently see on the table will give usthat certainty.
The future of the Kyoto Protocol and a path to a future treaty that includes the US and the largeemerging economies are critically important but we must not lose sight of the importance of a plan to addressmitigation now.
The Earth’s atmosphere has no “wiggle room” and we need to address the gigatonne gap even while aFair, Ambitious and Binding deal alludes us.The Kyoto Protocol needs to have environmental integrity to work and the African Group and Tuvalu’s proposal toclose loopholes remains on the table. While governance issues need to be sorted out it looks like the Green ClimateFund will be launched but without any reference to funding sources – an empty piggy bank would be a hollow victory.Some are working hard to reverse course on long term finance in the final hours here.Options being considered under the LCA track can be found here:
. The 3rd option is basically a ‘tenyear time out’ for climate talks that represents no progress.
We are already at least 2 years late in getting a deal, anyfurther delay would be disastrous – the planet cannot take a 10 year time out.
Latest time Chair’s Proposal isdreadful:
It’s going to be a long night here.
Message of the Day
From the Youth intervention this morning:
“I speak for more than half the world's population. We are the silent majority. You've given us a seat in this hall, butour interests are not on the table. What does it take to get a stake in this game? Lobbyists? Corporate influence?Money? You have been negotiating all of my life. In that time, you’ve failed to meet pledges, you've missed targets,and you've broken promises. But you’ve heard this all before. We’re in Africa, home to communities on the frontline of climate change. The world’s poorest countries need funding for adaptation NOW. The Horn of Africa, and those nearbyin KwaMashu needed it yesterday.But as 2012 dawns, our Green Climate Fund remains empty. The International Energy Agency (IEA) tells us that we