Geneva delivers text ahead of schedule

13/02/2015

One day before the closure of the ADP meeting, the official negotiating text was completed and released online. Access [here]

With additions and amendments made by Parties in Geneva, the 37-page Lima Text has increased to 86 pages. While Geneva managed to deliver the expected text and close the meeting on a note of success, the challenge ahead is big. Parties now need to ‘streamline’ this long consolidated document, packed with different, and often conflicting, country positions and interests. This work has been left for Bonn, in June, when the next round of negotiations is due to resume.

Over 10 different country delegations have been assisted by LRI during this week. Questions have dealt with INDCs, NAPAs, the legal nature of COP decisions and the form and content of the new agreement.

Caroline Mair, environmental lawyer from Trinidad and Tobago, attending the Geneva meeting as an LRI Liaison Officer said: “It has been such a pleasure to work with the Legal Response Initiative, and I’ve enjoyed the Geneva ADP session thoroughly. Coming from a small island, I have seen firsthand the need for unique institutions such as LRI that put the needs of developing countries, in particular LDCs and SIDS, up front and foremost in the negotiations. These are the countries that need the advice the most, and LRI has done a wonderful job in attempting to level what can be a very unequal playing field. The care, attention and priority with which they treat their clients is second to none, and I have been very proud to be part of the team”.

Also this week, LRI assisted civil society organisations involved in the UNFCCC process. On Tuesday, LRI delivered a presentation on the key legal issues regarding the 2015 agreement and responded to many questions on this matter.