Yesterday, October 20, marked the second day of five comprising the eleventh part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action.
That is to say, international negotiators continued their climate talks. These discussions work around a UN-proposed text to direct work on climate change through the critical decade of 2020-2030. As we reported yesterday, the climate talks seem to be having little success so far. Gains have mostly resulted in developments from individual nations, subnational groups, business coalitions, and other non-UN organizations. Typically, the talks end in overtime with compromise finishes.
According to the International Institute for Sustainable Development, which reports the proceedings of environmental meetings like these climate talks, an open-ended contact group of parties to the UN climate framework convened yesterday morning to work on a compilation text integrating parties’ insertions from Monday and discuss the way forward. Through its ENB Meeting Coverage, IISD provides daily web coverage, daily reports from the Bonn Climate Change Conference – October 2015.
Procedurally, the UN climate framework agreed Tuesday that closed spin-off groups would continue to work on the same several issues it has traditionally addressed:
- Adaptation and loss and damage
- Technology development and transfer, and capacity building
- Workstream 2 (pre-2020 targets)
The climate contact group agreed to convene daily to assess progress and address issues. These include:
- The Preamble
- General purpose
- The global stocktake
- Paragraphs of the draft decision not assigned to spin-off groups
In the afternoon and evening, spin-off groups specifically addressed workstream 2; technology development and transfer, and capacity building; mitigation; and finance. Past efforts of this kind have varied greatly, some with achievements and others just parroting enticements similar to earlier drafts.
No bombshell news has been reported by IISD or climate media from yesterday—just “same old, same old,” which promises meager gains from the huge December conclave in Paris.