Climate Negotiators Release New Draft for Deliberation

A draft negotiating text incorporating major progress and differences was unveiled after negotiations on end of crucial climate change conference.

Published: 11th December 2015 04:33 AM  |   Last Updated: 11th December 2015 07:45 AM   |  A+A-

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An illustration picture taken on December 10, 2015 in Paris shows a draft for the outcome of the COP21 United Nations conference on climate change next to a picture of the Eiffel Tower. (AFP)

By PTI

PARIS: A fresh draft negotiating text incorporating major progress and differences was today unveiled after intense negotiations on the eve of the stated end of crucial climate change conference.

The fresh draft will now be deliberated by the ministers to reach a UN accord to curb green house gas emissions.

"On the eve of the stated end of our conference, we can move to a decisive step to reach a final agreement. I am submitting a new draft to you (nations)," said French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.

The fresh draft negotiating text contains 27 pages two less than the previous one which was released yesterday after two days of ministerial consultations.

"The document is slightly shorter. There are some brackets. Some complex issues still remain brackets like finance, differentiation and ambition which needs to be discussed in the coming hours," Fabius said.

The draft was circulated to nations at one of the session which was convened here late in the night.

Nations have been given two and a half hours to study the draft after which they will again meet to discuss various key contentious issues which still remain.

Terming yesterday's meeting as an "important" one, Fabius said that each party was able to express its opinion about the draft and the interventions were useful to clarify the detail of the text.

"It was a long and intensive night of work. This allowed us to make progress," Fabius said.

After the parties go through the text, the meeting will be convened which will seek "landing zones" for the final agreement.

"I would like you to look at the document in a new perspective with final agreement in mind. I will chair a new meeting which I will call the solutions meeting. But this time it will search only compromises. There will be no general statements but only compromise solutions. Now its time to seek landing zones," Fabius said.

He said that the fresh text moved on to a range of choices.

"We want an agreement. We are extremely close to finishing line. Is time to come to an agreement,"  Fabius said.

After this meeting, which would be a short meeting, you will have to have enough time to study the draft. I propose two and a half hours to study. Then subsequently we will continue our consultation I will chair a new solutions meeting, but this time it will search only for compromise, he said.

He said that on the basis of the progress made, he would be able to present the proposal for a final text.

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