Co-Chairs of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP), Ahmed Djoghlaf and Daniel Reifsnyder, released on 24th July a 83-page document titled ‘non-paper illustrating possible elements of the Paris package’. This text is a consolidated version of the Geneva negotiating text. According to UNFCCC officials, this new document presents ‘a clearer picture’ of the possible final outcome without compromising any of the options put forward previously by Parties in the formal Geneva text.
The aim of the consolidated text is to allow governments to advance more effectively in their negotiations when they reconvene in Bonn (31 August – 4 September) for the next meeting of the ADP. The document provides clarity on what could be contained within the Paris agreement and identifies paragraphs that, given their nature, would be appropriate for COP decisions. As noted by the UNFCCC secretariat, ‘this could mean, for example, that new commitments that boost the response to climate change would be enshrined in the agreement, but the details of how these commitments would be implemented as well as the details of any new arrangements to support implementation are captured in an accompanying decision.’
Little time is left for substantive differences to be resolved before COP21 in Paris. While this consolidated document is a tool to help Parties in their negotiations, the array of different textual options there is a reminder of how much work is left when negotiators resume the round of talks in Bonn in late August. As usual, a team of LRI lawyers will be there, providing timely legal assistance to representatives from the smallest delegations.