The president of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Patricia Espinosa on Friday clarified that there was no separate Mexican text, as was rumoured throughout the meeting.

Mexico has been supporting a balanced package of decisions at the conference but the impression from many countries is that the final set of decisions could possibly water down even the Copenhagen accord.

In a statement she said that final drafts which were being readied on Friday were documents built by all the parties through the efforts of working groups as well as through consultations that were being facilitated by the Presidency directly or with the support of more than ten Ministers from both developed and developing countries. “Mexico will keep its commitment to inclusiveness and transparency,” she said.

Parties had requested the guidance of the Mexican Presidency so that they had a better understanding of the overall and complete package of decisions that were being constructed together.

“This is a necessary step for taking difficult decisions that ensure balance within each track under the UNFCCC and under the Kyoto Protocol and between the two.” Mexico called upon all parties to analyse the elements of the drafts together as a whole.

Concrete wording

The drafts addressed the issue of the continuity of the Protocol and they included concrete wording for the capturing of the current level of ambition on mitigation and that she hoped would set the conditions for further actions by all, based on the principles of common but differentiated responsibilities