Draft UNFCCC Climate Agreement released, in preparation for COP21 in Paris, December 2015

By Magdalena AK Muir, Advisory Board Member, Climate

The UNFCCC published a first comprehensive draft agreement package for the upcoming COP21 climate talks, reducing the outline from more than 80 pages to  20 pages, serving as the framework for a global deal in Paris at the end of the year.The package, filled with bracketed items that will have to determined in Paris, consists of a draft formal agreement as well as spelling out further goals before the agreement goes into force in 2020. The draft, published on UN Framework Convention of Climate Change’s website, comes after a negotiating session in early September ended with concern that technical talks were proceeding too slowly. Outstanding issues included long-terms goals like ending dependence on fossil fuels and requirements that countries submit upgraded climate targets every five years. This draft agreement also addresses loss and damage caused by climate change, which are important issuesfor vulnerable and developing countries.The draft of the agreement is a concise basis for negotiations for the next negotiating session from 19-23 October 2015 in Bonn. Co-Chairs Ahmed Djoghalf of Algeria and Daniel Reifsnyder of the United States prepared the draft in response to a request from countries to have a better basis from which to negotiate. Governments are committed to reaching the new agreement at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) to be held in Paris in December of this year.

Further Information:

UNFCC website news item 

http://newsroom.unfccc.int/unfccc-newsroom/first-draft-of-new-climate-change-agreement-presented-to-governments/

UNFCC Draft Climate Agreement dated October 5, 2015  (or ADP.2015.8.InformalNote)

Weblink http://unfccc.int/resource/docs/2015/adp2/eng/8infnot.pdf

The eleventh part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) will be held from 19 – 23 October 2015 in Bonn, Germany.

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