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Final scramble for deal at climate talks in Poland

Final scramble for deal at climate talks in Poland

22:56 – Megan Darby – The Paris Settlement lives

As nation speeches proceed, individuals begin to trickle out of the room. Our wrap of the result is up. The decision: it’s a extra complete deal than many anticipated and a win for multilateralism towards the chances BUT extra political management shall be wanted to fulfil the promise of the Paris Settlement.

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22:38 – Megan Darby – Nations react

The deal is completed, however in fact no one obtained every part they needed. Nations have an opportunity to flag up points they need to push for as the method grinds on.

Egypt begins, representing the G77 + China group of creating nations. “As we all congratulate ourselves on a job very well done… we unfortunately do not see the level of balance that we have all called for.” The bloc want to see extra give attention to adapting to the impacts of climate change, in comparison with chopping emissions.

EU subsequent, citing the UN science report on 1.5C and calling for “decisive action” to satisfy the harder temperature restrict agreed in Paris.

Climate commissioner Miguel Arias Canete speaks quick, commenting on the totally different parts of the rulebook. A clock on the large screens reveals the EU has gone over its Three-minute time restrict all the identical.

21:58 – Megan Darby – ‘It is so decided’

The room holds its breath as India intervenes to categorical reservations concerning the construction of the 5-yearly international stocktake – then sighs with aid when the negotiator provides that it’ll put that objection in writing and never sink the deal.

The gavel drops and the rulebook to deliver the Paris Settlement to life is agreed. Cheers and applause.

21:47 – Megan Darby – NGOs are calling it

As Kurtyka gavels by way of a number of the smaller selections, press releases from marketing campaign teams begin dropping into inboxes.

A lot of the NGOs right here coordinate by way of the Climate Motion Community and problem their response statements at the identical time. The very fact they’re calling it exhibits they anticipate the presidency’s textual content to be adopted.

“No one is entirely happy with this rulebook, but it is an important step,” says Christiana Figueres, former UN climate chief. “The foundations of the rules are still the Paris Agreement, which remains as strong as ever. Next year is critical. The 2019 UNSG summit offers all governments the opportunity to report on progress towards new, enhanced targets by 2020. A Latin American COP hosted by Chile in partnership with Costa Rica will also bring new energy and new urgency to these talks. Two clean energy leaders on the frontline of climate change.  We look forward to their leadership.”

21:31 – Megan Darby – A minute’s silence for Ditas

There are cheers and applause as Cop24 president Michal Kurtyka opens the plenary. Then laughter, because the digital camera lands on any person yawning extensively.

“Last night was a long night… I appreciate your patience and understanding,” says Kurtyka.

He then calls a minute’s silence in reminiscence of Bernaditas Muller, the veteran Filipina negotiator who simply died. Everyone stands.

21:22 – Megan Darby – That is occurring

China’s Xie Zhenhua has walked in together with his entourage, so I feel they imply it this time. The webcast is reside.

21:09 – Megan Darby – T-10 minutes

There are cheers in the plenary corridor after an official pronounces the plenary will begin in 10 minutes. Right here is the compilation textual content they are going to be discussing – 133 pages of it.

20:23 – Megan Darby – Turkey acts up

Nicely, clearly I spoke too quickly. Apparently Turkey is utilizing everybody’s desperation to go house as leverage for its pet peeve: altering its official standing as a developed nation.

Common readers will recall they raised this similar situation on the primary day of talks, delaying the opening plenary by two hours.

Whether or not the results of a clerical error or a misguided negotiating technique – see this article in Scientific American by Lisa Friedman for context – the nation now finds itself ineligible for some sources of climate finance. It’s understood to be in discussions with the secretariat on how one can repair that.

Whereas that is annoying for these caught right here till the bitter finish, it shouldn’t basically alter the result of the talks.

19:09 – Megan Darby – The top is in sight

Three sources inform us the negotiation over article six, the carbon buying and selling piece, has been resolved. Everybody agreed it was greatest to defer the substantive selections to 2019, however the query was what parameters to placed on that debate. There was some convergence in the ultimate days of this summit, so ought to they decide up the place they left off or begin from scratch? We may have extra on the battles to return after that is throughout.

In a tweet thread, Nat Keohane from Environmental Protection Fund defined that the deadlock needn’t deter nations from buying and selling carbon in the meantime. Negotiators anticipated this in Paris and “Brazil-proofed” the language, he stated.

Yow will discover background on Brazil’s attachment to a carbon market strategy that misplaced favour with the remainder of the world in this EDF weblog.

With out wishing to jinx it, this could clear the best way for the complete rulebook to go to the plenary.

15:59 – Megan Darby – Carbon buying and selling talks drag on

The carbon market part of the rulebook – article 6 – will definitely be deferred to 2019, EU commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete tells CHN, however they’re nonetheless negotiating underneath what circumstances.

The plenary has been deferred to 18:00.

14:34 – Megan Darby – The complete textual content is out

The presidency has revealed a compilation of all of the Paris Settlement rulebook proposals, which run to 160 pages.

It features a part on the contentious article 6 guidelines, addressing carbon markets and buying and selling.

There’s a low hum of chatter in the plenary corridor as delegates file in. Are they able to do a deal? “Let’s hope, let’s hope,” says Spain’s power and surroundings minister Teresa Ribera, wanting cheerful sufficient.

13:09 – Megan Darby – As civil society observers waited for the final items of the deal to emerge, they provided a tentative verdict on what’s out to date.

There seems to have been convergence on two of the historically troublesome points: finance and differentiation. The draft textual content goes an extended solution to meet creating nations’ asks for extra predictability of finance and initiates a course of for setting a better climate finance objective post-2025. Guidelines on how you can account for finance flows after the very fact are taking longer to emerge, although, and there’s all the time a danger the difficulty might be reopened if there’s disagreement in different areas.

There’s settlement on uniform tips for counting greenhouse fuel emissions, with self-determined flexibility. If poorer nations don’t really feel capable of meet the requirements, they’re anticipated to elucidate why and set out a plan for build up their capability.

The last-hour wrangling is over carbon markets (article 6) and the political alerts on elevating ambition.

Kicking carbon markets to 2019 is way from excellent, stated campaigners, however higher than accepting the newest model, which was riddled with loopholes. The standoff is between Brazil and a broad coalition of European and climate-vulnerable nations. Brazil is closely invested in the previous clear improvement mechanism and needs to hold over these tasks and an analogous strategy into the Paris Settlement, whereas the latter group sees it as unacceptably flawed. As Jair Bolsonaro takes the Brazilian presidency, the political battle is unlikely to get any simpler subsequent yr.

13:01 – Karl Mathiesen – The plenary, which was scheduled for 1pm has been pushed once more. At this stage, we aren’t going to offer any extra updates on when the ultimate assembly might start as a result of it’s simply too emotional.

12:43 – Karl Mathiesen – An advance remaining determination for the convention, despatched to CHN, sees a number of necessary steps ahead.

This can be a massive second for the Polish presidency. Its the overarching last message from these talks and covers many contentious areas.

“It’s a set of quite elegant compromises but it depends on how it interacts with other elements [of the negotiations] and how the parties want to play it,” says Camilla Born, from E3G.

For instance, the doc “welcomes” the “timely completion” by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on a report on the impact of 1.5C warming. This can be a compromise between progressive and island nations and Saudi Arabia, the US, Russia and Kuwait, who resisted welcoming the report on Saturday.

Weak states are buying and selling the complete acclamation of the findings of the IPCC with different elements of the rulebook of the Paris Settlement, such because the inclusion of language on the loss and injury brought on by climate change.

Draft choice by Karl Mathiesen on Scribd


12:26 – Karl Mathiesen – The lengthy goodbye that’s Brexit continues. Many have questioned whether or not Britain and the EU would proceed to barter collectively at the UNFCCC after the nation leaves the union subsequent yr. Perhaps not.

In a now-deleted tweet, European Fee climate advisor Isaac Valero stated the UK delegation made a speech to delegates in the EU coordination assembly saying it might be their final. The speech was met with sustained applause, he stated.


12:21 – Soila Apparicio – My first UN climate convention is nearly over, and it’s been fairly an expertise; a mix of pleasure and exhaustion. The overwhelming feeling I’ve received from these talks is how essential it’s for everybody right here that we work collectively to fight climate change.

And when you’ve ever questioned what a Cop is like, I walked by way of the convention for our Copcast podcast, describing the sights and sounds of the convention in Katowice.


11:14 – Megan Darby – Ready for the package deal

Observers say round 70% of the textual content has been revealed, together with provisions on finance, however the determination textual content on learn how to increase ambition is lacking.

There’s settlement to start out work on setting a brand new climate finance objective for 2025, a key ask of creating nations, tweeted Brandon Wu of Christian Assist – however the particulars of how they rely it are additionally important.

New #COP24 textual content on post-2025 collective finance goal is best; begins course of in 2020 to find out a brand new aim. However hold in thoughts: a collective aim is completely meaningless if consequence on Artwork 9.7 is dangerous & developed nations can rely something they need in the direction of that aim. #UNFCCC

— Brandon Wu (@brandoncwu) December 15, 2018

10:34 – Karl Mathiesen – Markets deadlock

The diabolical problem of markets and using carbon credit to succeed in nationwide targets is more likely to be pushed till subsequent yr, based on one supply in the talks. If completed flawed, the extremely technical package deal is vulnerable to gaming that would result in big double counting of emissions. See my colleague Megan’s block on this from 19:13 yesterday.

In accordance with the supply, the Polish presidency will suggest that the entire algorithm be placed on ice till subsequent yr’s convention. Brazil has been the loudest advocate for guidelines that would open loopholes.

9:34 – Karl Mathiesen – We’re again on maintain, with the Polish presidency shifting the plenary assembly again to midday. However MAC’s assured…

#COP24 UN climate talks go into additional time. Newest model of the draft settlement simply out. EU response arising quickly. A deal to make the #ParisAgreement operational is inside attain.

— Miguel Arias Cañete (@MAC_europa) December 15, 2018

eight:54 – Karl Mathiesen – Tributes for Bernaditas ‘Ditas’ de Castro Muller, who died in a single day. The Filipina diplomat was all the time formidable and extensively admired by those that negotiated towards her because the very first climate conferences of the early 1990s. She was generally known as one of many strongest voices in favour of the creating world.

(Photograph: Twitter)

The UN climate course of is, at its coronary heart, a somewhat small travelling band of people that get to know one another very properly. This humanity is a part of the power of the establishment.

Deeply saddened to study of the dying of Bernaditas Muller. She introduced a ardour for justice, spectacular stamina, willpower to defend the considerations of creating nations in the face of climate change, and a profound dedication to the values of multilateralism

— Paul Watkinson (@pwatkinson) December 15, 2018

Such an incredible loss for all of us and creating nations in specific…

— Ayman Cherkaoui (@Aymancherkaoui) December 15, 2018

Calling for footage of Bernaditas Muller in motion. Anecdotes are additionally welcome. I’m writing now a full tribute to honor this nice citizen of the Philippines and the world.

I’ve of…

— Tony La Viña (@tonylavs) December 15, 2018

When the histories of UNFCCC are written her story will probably be an necessary one. Might her reminiscence be a blessing.

— Rachel Kyte (@rkyte365) December 15, 2018


Saturday 15 Dec, 7:46 CET – Karl Mathiesen – Extra delays in a single day meant little motion. The newest draft of the Paris rulebook is rising in elements. There’ll supposedly be a plenary at 10am. That’s the place the assembly will attempt to undertake the principles by consensus. Nevertheless the ultimate stage of UN climate conferences is unfailingly contentious and dramatic as nations use the general public discussion board of the plenary to stage final minute interventions and wring benefit from different, sleep-starved diplomats.

The best way the assembly treats an October report by the UN’s climate scientists on the consequences of 1.5C warming is more likely to be certainly one of this flashpoints, with bruised emotions on each side after the Saudis, Russians, US and Kuwaitis refused a push from island nations to “welcome” the findings final Saturday. The individuals are pessimistic:

Re the @IPCC_CH report on 1.5C. Will Cop24?

— Karl Mathiesen (@KarlMathiesen) December 13, 2018

23:48 – Should you haven’t seen 15-year-old Greta Thunberg’s speech this week at the UN summit, it’s fairly one thing.

“You are not mature enough to tell it like it is, even that burden you leave to us children.”

23:14 – Karl Mathiesen – We’re on maintain right here in Katowice. With the Polish presidency signalling that “several days of intensive work” has led to a number of the guidelines being finalised. There’s now a brand new textual content due at 1am native time and a plenary to complete the assembly deliberate for 4am. We’ll be there. Though issues are solely fluid, so don’t maintain your breath pricey pals.

Oh pleasure. #COP24

— Frank Jordans (@wirereporter) December 14, 2018

Within the meantime, take heed to our newest podcast the place specialists and ministers inform us why that is dragging on so lengthy and Marshall Islands setting minister David Paul asks the query on everybody’s lips: “I don’t know who invented brackets, why brackets?”

19:55 – Megan Darby – Chile to host subsequent yr

The plenary has began, however solely to deal with a number of the administrative points whereas the political fights proceed elsewhere.

After a fortnight of hypothesis, Chile has been confirmed as president of subsequent yr’s UN climate summit. Costa Rica, which was additionally a contender, is to host the pre-Cop25 assembly of key ministers.

Chile has a robust status for worldwide diplomacy, in line with Brown College’s Man Edwards, however should take care to not get sidetracked by the political crises in Venezuela and Nicaragua.

The nation is creating a coal phase-out plan and is prime of Bloomberg’s Climatescope rating for attractiveness to wash power buyers. A draft climate change regulation is due in June 2019.

Nevertheless, analysts at Climate Motion Tracker fee its economy-wide emissions goal “highly insufficient” and it has delayed signing the Escazú Settlement, a regional deal meant to guard environmental defenders.

19:45 – Sara Stefanini – Kurtyka’s replace: no information

Poland’s Cop24 president Michał Kurtyka held a press huddle to provide an replace on the progress in the talks. However, in slightly below two minutes, he gave little away.

The Poles spent the day consulting with events about its draft textual content, and everyone seems to be working onerous to “solve outstanding issues” and “find the balanced package”, he stated. “We will be informing you as soon as we have more advancement.”

19:13 – Megan Darby – Crunch time for carbon markets

The plenary was as a consequence of begin ten minutes in the past, however there isn’t any signal of an up to date textual content and sources anticipate the substantive dialogue to be delayed once more.

Ministers are piling into closed conferences on Article 6, the part of the settlement coping with carbon markets and buying and selling throughout borders.

This one worries the wonks. The thought is to provide nations flexibility to satisfy a few of their emissions targets by investing in low carbon tasks abroad. In precept, this could spur extra personal sector exercise and result in deeper, cheaper carbon cuts, however it’s fraught with points.

Earlier in the yr, Environmental Protection Fund warned sure loopholes might, if absolutely exploited, permit billions of tonnes of emissions – equal to the carbon footprint of the US and China mixed – to be double counted. That might create an phantasm of progress whereas blowing the Paris Settlement temperature targets.

Specialists inform CHN the newest textual content addresses some considerations concerning the system’s environmental integrity, however might nonetheless permit vital double counting. Brazil and the Arab Group in specific are stated to be pushing for looser guidelines to profit their industries.

Technical negotiators are biting their nails about how ministers, who can’t be anticipated to know all of the trivia, will land this complicated matter.

18:31 – Sara Stefanini – Hac assault

The so-called ‘high ambition coalition’ of developed and creating nations drummed up some fervour with a press convention crowded right into a tiny room.

With out stepping into the weeds of wording or dates in the draft textual content, Marshall Islands surroundings minister David Paul stated the group has three foremost asks:

1) The UN’s scientific report on the impacts of a 1.5C rise in the worldwide temperature must be “front and centre” of the Cop24 determination and “guide future work”.

2) It ought to give a transparent sign that nations will increase their pledges for tackling climate change “coming out of this Cop”.

Three) The rulebook ought to implement the Paris Settlement in full.

“All decisions of the Cop should gravitate around the fact that we need to commit strongly to 1.5C, we need to deeply review all climate commitments from every single country that responds to that, and we need to be solid and coherent in the message we want to send this week,” stated Costa Rican setting minister Carlos Manuel Rodriguez.

Different members included Canada, Germany, Norway, Grenada, Austria and the Maldives, together with the European Fee and the bloc of least developed nations.

EU making an attempt to create buzz round its excessive ambition coalition presser by placing it in a tiny room. There’s an enormous empty press convention room in the #COP24 venue

— Megan Darby (@climatemegan) December 14, 2018

17:46 – Karl Mathiesen – Why are issues so caught? Pushed extra by sheer desperation to at some point see my family members once more than by journalistic curiosity, I went to speak to Camilla Born from the assume tank E3G to seek out out what’s taking so lengthy.

Though there’s broad settlement on many features of the draft Paris rulebook launched in the early hours of Friday many nations are nonetheless sad with elements of the textual content.

The sticking factors embrace:

  • Whether or not the injury brought on by climate change is accounted for when nations submit their climate studies to the UN. That is one thing weak nations desperately need as a result of it’ll pile strain on the developed world to help. The US has historically resisted all mentions of so-called ‘loss and damage’ and by many accounts that continues.
  • The date by which all nations shall be introduced beneath the identical system of guidelines. China and different rising economies need this pushed till 2026, in response to two sources. The EU needs it to be 2022. It was 2024 in the final textual content. This has a component of political intrigue, says Born, as a result of if China is on a unique rule monitor for six years, which may have an effect on the willingness of the US to reenter the Paris deal (if Trump pulls them out and if he loses the 2020 election).
  • What to do concerning the IPCC particular report on 1.5C. This problem blew up on Saturday night time. Many nations are sad with textual content that merely “notes” the findings of the UN’s main climate science contribution of the previous few years. A compromise will have to be reached with the US and a few oil producing states that blocked the convention from “welcoming” the work of the scientists.

16:48 – Megan Darby – Leaders from the Maldives, Grenada and Ethiopia held a press convention setting out their pink strains and describing themselves as an “emergency coalition”.

“We are deeply unhappy with the way these talks are going,” stated Maldives former president Mohamed Nasheed. “We are therefore rebelling against extinction and if necessary we will rebel against the negotiations.”

Requested if that meant they might veto an unsatisfactory deal, although, Nasheed stated: “We will not give up, we will not walk out.”

Gebru Jember Endalew, representing the least developed nations, added: “Until the last minute we will fight for the right outcome, to increase ambition and have a strong rulebook in place.”

Their asks embrace clear acceptance of the UN’s 1.5C science blockbuster, climate-related loss and injury mirrored all through the textual content and quantitative targets in nationwide climate pledges. The group had expressed their considerations in a gathering with UN chief Antonio Guterres and Cop24 president Michal Kurtyka at this time, Nasheed stated.


Announcement: plenary (which was because of begin half an hour in the past) is postponed to 7pm. Spontaneous laughter #COP24

— Megan Darby (@climatemegan) December 14, 2018

15:03 – Sara Stefanini – What occurs now?

An entire lot of shuttle diplomacy, public posturing and uncertainty.

The Polish presidency has been operating round assembly nations to collect views on the textual content it launched early this morning, which it should attempt to distill right into a subsequent draft later at the moment or tonight. A plenary assembly is scheduled for 15:00 (ie proper now). However it has not began and, observers warned, it might be delayed.

In the meantime, quite a few nations and blocs are anticipated to carry press conferences to vent any considerations and reiterate their positions over the subsequent few hours.

Whereas the thought of the summit ending on Friday is rising ever-more uncertain, some observers stay upbeat. “If countries are serious, well they can laugh and negotiate, but they can finish tonight,” stated Laurence Tubiana, France’s ambassador at the 2015 Paris climate summit and CEO of the European Climate Basis.

OH in the hallway #COP24 “I guess we’ll just hurry up and wait then”


— Megan Darby (@climatemegan) December 14, 2018

13:20 –  Sara Stefanini – Germany got here out swinging towards Donald Trump on Friday, taking goal at his declare that pulling out of the Paris Settlement will save “trillions of dollars”.

“If we let entire stretches of this planet become uninhabitable, then it will trigger gigantic costs,” German setting minister Svenja Schulze stated in Katowice, in accordance with the Related Press. Investing in clear applied sciences to stem climate change would give Germany “an enormous competitive advantage”, she added.

Reminder: the US has not technically withdrawn from the deal. The earliest it might is in November 2020.

13:08 – The UN secretary basic’s particular consultant for sustainable power Rachel Kyte had an entertaining chat with Megan Darby yesterday on our day by day podcast, which birthed a metaphor we might come to remorse…

Jo Tyndall is likely one of the co-chairs of a talks at which we now have all grown previous collectively.

Take heed to the complete interview right here:


12:05 – Sara Stefanini – The final trade-off

How stringently your complete rulebook applies to nations like China stays an open and contentious query. Developed and least developed nations need it to be common; rising economies say they want extra leniency than the wealthy aspect.

The touchdown floor appears to be shifting in the direction of common guidelines in the mid-2020s, giving a while to organize. However the choice of a two-tier rulebook continues to be in the draft.

This problem – aimed at ensuring nations are clear about their work on climate change – is predicted to stay on the desk till the very finish. Nations will need to know the place they’ve needed to make trade-offs earlier than agreeing to how and once they’ll be topic to the principles.

Learn the complete story right here.

11:18 (all occasions in CET) – It’s the ultimate day of UN climate talks in Poland… supposedly.

After two weeks of attritional negotiating, governments assembly in the southern metropolis of Katowice try to shut a deal on the principles that may deliver the Paris climate settlement to life.

A number of iterations of the rulebook have been introduced however there stay giant areas of disagreement, represented by dreaded sq. brackets. That would push talks nicely into weekend.

Be a part of Climate House Information’ group on the bottom right here at Cop24 – Megan Darby, Sara Stefanini, Natalie Sauer, Soila Apparicio and Karl Mathiesen – for updates, new particulars and response from the halls.

The primary plenary of the day begins at 3pm CET.

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