COP24 Talks: Some Countries Unhappy with Paris Rulebook, Say It Doesn't Mention Urgency of Climate Change

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COP24 Talks: Some Countries Unhappy with Paris Rulebook, Say It Doesn't Mention Urgency of Climate Change


India, Dec. 16 -- A near final text on the Paris rulebook -guidelines for implementing the historic 2015 Paris Agreement - is now ready. After climate activists raised several concerns with the draft Paris rulebook text released by the Polish Presidency (host of climate negotiations - COP24) on Friday evening and countries disagreed on several key issues till late on Friday night, Poland extended the talks for a day and came out with another draft text on Saturday evening.

The new document, which runs into 156 pages, is marginally stronger than the previous draft and has managed to incorporate some crucial issues related to 'loss and damage,' 'climate finance' and 'differentiation.' But most vulnerable countries - the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), least developed countries (LDCs) and civil society organisations said the text could have been much more ambitious and factored in the urgency of climate change effectively.

There are some bright spots in the text, though. It talks about setting a new collective finance goal post 2020, higher than the current goal of 100 billion USD per year. The text also urges developed country parties to channel more grant based resources for adaptation to climate change as against loans.

"Each interested Party may provide, as appropriate, information related to enhancing understanding, action and support, on a cooperative and facilitative basis, to avert, minimize and address loss and damage associated with climate change impacts," the text states.

There is also some smart wording introduced in the new draft which says it "welcomes the timely completion of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) special report on global warming of 1.5 degree C" but doesn't state that the findings of the report is welcomed. This is a blow for the AOSIS and LDCs who had requested for the report and will be worst affected by 1.5 degree warming of pre-industrial levels.

Experts said the text says developed countries are expected to voluntarily inform the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and developing nations about the finance that will come in for adaptation which is a weak link. …

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