|Photo credit / Reuters / Stephane Mahe.|
World leaders and Ban Ki-moon open summit
Countries agree on a draft text; mixed reactions
Major countries declare support for a 1,5 C target
French COP President begins higher climate negotiations Sunday afternoon
Major international partnerships mobilizing large-scale financing for climate protection
China announces 60% cut in emissions from power sector by 2020
Final text released sets out warming to be kept well below 2 degrees C.
Could be another late night of discussions. The adoption progress started 17:30 (had been delayed by 1.5 hours).
Ban Ki-moon at #cop21: latest text is better but differences remain.Urges govts to take final decisions for humanity pic.twitter.com/udg4qVx29I
— Adam Vaughan (@adamvaughan_uk) December 11, 2015
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Even though the French hosts previously said a deal must be reached on Friday, they have agreed to extend negotiations into Saturday. UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon has said improvements had been made in the latest draft text, but he urged countries to go back to the tables and come back with even better commitments. The French Foreign Minister and COP21 President, Laurent Fabius, said that a final text must now be released no later than noon Saturday rather than Thursday night. The stumbling blocks currently surround issues such as ambition, finance and whether the commitment target should be set as a 1.5 or a 2 degree target.
Wednesday 9th Dec
Today @COP21 :new draft @ 1 1,Kerry speaks @ 2. He hinted that US has something in its pocket to sweeten the deal https://t.co/Wwe153YWAD
— Coral Davenport (@CoralMDavenport) December 9, 2015
Germany has announced US$50 million funding for the Adaptation Fund.
Focus: Text negotiations
Live broadcast of the intervention of @algore at 1.30 PM on screens of climate Generations areas #COP21 #GoCOP21 pic.twitter.com/tCw0iqt63R
— COP21en (@COP21en) December 8, 2015
#EarthToParis concludes with a presentation of hundreds of letters with a message of hope, from Earth To Paris pic.twitter.com/pBSbFFyhVL
— Earth To Paris (@EarthToParis) December 7, 2015
“climate leaders can come from every place” @CameronCRussell #EarthToParis #MakeTheseWomenFamous #COP21 pic.twitter.com/7odq7Odk3X
— Erin McDevitt (@Angrydadcat) December 7, 2015
So amazing to hear @angeliquekidjo do an a capella earlier. Her voice always soars the spirits #EarthToParis #COP21 pic.twitter.com/CygToMfhl0
— Lucky Tran (@luckytran) December 7, 2015
Dr. #JaneGoodall, @adriangrenier & @SylviaEarle are SERIOUS about #climatechange. Are you? #COP21 #EarthToParis pic.twitter.com/Bw60nzeuVV
— JaneGoodallInstitute (@JaneGoodallInst) December 7, 2015
We are going to make #COP21 the demarcation point where we begin to save the planet, says @JohnKerry at #EarthToParis.
— Peter Yeo (@yoyoyeo2) December 7, 2015
Great scene as fleet of canoes paddle up the Seine. #IndigenousRising #cop21 @CreeClayton @IENearth pic.twitter.com/HaUj9sgfOq
— Bill McKibben (@billmckibben) December 6, 2015
Flotilla w Sarayaku #IndigenousRising @IENearth and so many others. #COP21 pic.twitter.com/chhLTgSXgA
— Lindsey Allen (@lrallen) December 6, 2015
The stories of our indigenous brothers & sisters must continue to be uplifted at #COP21 &beyond! #IndigenousFlotilla pic.twitter.com/bLYS7rQwBC
— OurVoices (@ourvoices2015) December 6, 2015
|Obama and other world leaders pose for a family photo on the opening day of COP21. Photo credit: Ian Langsdon / POOL.|
Chair of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) Group, Mr Giza Gaspar-Martins of Angola: “The issues dear to the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are still not adequately represented within the text. If the climate agreement does not work for the most vulnerable among us, how can we say it has been a success? We cannot. The LDC Group feel the text remains overly long and at this stage still does not have enough emphasis on their key areas of concern: the ambition for a below 1.5 degrees C pathway, transparent and accessible climate finance flows and a new Loss and Damage mechanism within the agreement.”
Milene Larsson from Vice (above) have been looking at the struggle climate activism face in Paris and what is at stake at COP21.
Latest on draft text:
The latest draft version of the Paris text have made some headway, but still several hurdles remain. The text is more readable and progress have been made on adaptation, but finance still appears to be a dividing point. Though responding to the text, Chair of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) Group, Mr Giza Gaspar-Martins of Angola said: “We welcome the draft of the negotiating text and are pleased to say all countries worked hard to deliver this as close to the deadline as possible. The Least Developed Countries look forward to continuing the negotiations in a constructive spirit and in good faith with a view to arriving at a new climate agreement that is true to the principles and spirit of the Convention. In particular article 4.9, which acknowledges the special needs and circumstances of the LDCs.”
Early warning systems for over 50 least developed countries and small island states.
Providing access to insurance to 400 million vulnerable people in five years.
Increase resilience for local communities in the Sahara and Sahel.
US$ 150 million partnership to mobilize more funding for Africa and Asia.
EU mobilizing €125 million for countries affected by ‘El Niño’
UN initiative strengthens ability to anticipate, absorb and “reshape” climate impacts.