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Underwhelming proposed decisions for future disappoints developing countries

Police officers ride on the top of the fire ladder reach a climate activist (left) in their attempt to bring down activists who demonstrate on the rooftop of the Economy Ministry in Warsaw, Poland on Monday.  

An underwhelming draft negotiating text on how countries would enhance climate change actions in near and longer-term future, including under the 2015 agreement, left the developing countries disappointed on Monday morning.

An Indian negotiator said, “We are looking for implementation of previous decisions and enhancement of actions on finance, adaptation and mitigation but the draft text does not provide that. It is disappointing. We shall have to raise this issue.”

The text referred to as the draft agreement on the Ad-hoc Working Group on Durban Platform (ADP) was supposed to reflect how countries would increase commitments in the short run on reducing emissions, adapting to climate change and providing finance between now and 2020. It is also supposed to lay out the basic elements of what would form part of the new climate 2015 agreement.

Several developing country negotiators that The Hindu spoke to, including from the Africa Group, Like-Minded Developing Countries and Least Developed Countries, said the document only suggested we continue to talk next year too about decisions that should have been implemented now or against which a time-line should have been drawn here at Warsaw.

At the time of filing of the report several groups were huddled behind closed doors assessing the text, which had been drawn out by the elected chairs of the ADP stream of negotiations over the weekend.

On the trenchant issue of Loss and Damage, the Presidency and hosts of the meeting, Poland set up two ministers from South Africa and Denmark to anchor the discussions further as the ministerial level talks kick-start.

The countries are now slated to discuss the draft text on ADP in the post lunch session and sources in the G77 block said that it promised to be a long and diplomatically tough round.

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