Report by William McPherson from Paris
COP21 progressed toward a final agreement in a Monday night session with French Foreign Minister Laurence Fabius presiding over a meeting of the "Paris Committee," which he set up to expedite agreement on the text of the climate change agreement. He had appointed ministers from member parties to facilitate four consultations on the most contentious remaining issues:
- means of implementation, including pledges on emssions reduction, financing, technology transfer and capacity building;
- differentiation, including different levels of mitigation for developed and developing countries, financing of low-carbon growth and transparency of aid and development;
- ambition, including objective and periodic review of INDCs; and
- acceleration of pre 2020 action.
All of the subgroups reported major progress and some parties suggested starting on text negotiation on Tuesday, December 8 rather than Wednesday the 9th. This suggested that parties felt that progress was sufficiently advanced that the COP could begin the final negotiations with a Friday deadline.
- William McPherson