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Submitted by ECO Editor on Monday, September 3, 2018 - 20:16

We’re not going to lie: the pace of the negotiations must speed up dramatically to achieve the envisioned outcome at COP24.

Previously in UNFCCC history, when a process had to dramatically increase its pace, it needed bold and ambitious diplomatic leadership from the presidency. Because ECO believes it’s essential to deliver a successful outcome at COP24 we have a few suggestions   We’re talking extensive bilateral meetings, multiple ministerial consultations, and heads of delegation meetings in order to pave the way to a successful COP outcome.

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Monday, September 3, 2018 - 20:14

The Paris Agreement was a critical milestone in many regards. Firstly, it created a universal framework mobilizing all states to contribute to urgent climate action in a transparent and equitable manner.

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 20:18

Wouldn’t you agree that sometimes the most satisfying results come from a slow but steady journey with unwavering commitment to what is right? ECO has seen negotiators make steady, – if slow – progress this session in clarifying their views and finding options to move us closer towards success at COP24. That is right, and  – what is also right is that parties need to deal with the crunch issues, – particularly finance.

 

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 20:16

Yesterday, the Talanoa Dialogue received two submissions, The Lofoten Declaration and the Not a Penny More Declaration, representing close to 500 organizations from around the globe and 140 prominent economists respectively. They are offering a groundbreaking solution to increasing climate ambition: tackle fossil fuel demand, supply and financing at the same time! What a novel idea! Be groundbreaking by not breaking ground.

 

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 20:14

ECO had hoped finance negotiations would progress substantively in Bonn so that in the run-up to COP24 Parties could engage in a serious discussion on scaling up finance to ensure the implementation of the Paris Agreement. But here we are on the last day of this session and progress on finance has been dramatically slow.

 

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 20:12

Until this week, ECO thought there were a few things we could all agree on (and have in fact agreed on in previous decisions): Parties should pursue efforts to limit global warming to 1.5°C. The UNFCCC process is based on best available science and has always benefited from scientific input. That is why the IPCC has been invited to prepare a Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C. Current ambitions are insufficient to limit warming to 1.5°C, which is why we are looking for solutions through the Talanoa Dialogue.

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 20:10

After a very slow process last year, ECO is happy to see that the pace of the negotiations for NDC guidelines has picked up over the last two weeks. If negotiators can keep up the good spirit that we experienced here in Bonn, the guidelines might be ready for take-off. Together with the other parts of the Paris Agreement Work Programme, the negotiations should reach Katowice, after a short layover in Bangkok, with a valuable cargo of draft NDC guidelines.

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 20:18

ECO has been hearing very positive reviews from Sunday`s Talanoa Dialogues, even from some erstwhile Talanoa skeptics. The good feelings, positive dynamics and constructive engagement can’t all have been the effect of the kava. Concerns that issues of equity, finance and pre-2020 responsibilities would be pushed aside have not born out. There was indeed space for all stories, including in reports back from the session yesterday.

 

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 20:16

ECO was sat for seven long days patiently listening to questions and comments by Parties. But then, it appears the light appeared and ECO was delighted to see progress on article 6 with a revised note (though still just draft elements) presented yesterday morning by the SBSTA co-chairs. ECO would like to draw the attention of negotiators to three key aspects coming out of SB48:

 

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 20:14

ECO is excited by the progress to a “navigation tool” as the 160+ page text for NDCs was a bit unwieldy. Even more thrilling is that in accepting this navigation tool Parties didn’t forget about “the Great Eight” – the eight rights-related dimensions in the Paris Agreement preamble: human rights, indigenous peoples’ rights, public participation, gender, just transition, ecosystem integrity and protection of biodiversity, food security, and intergenerational equity. ECO is pleased to see such a promising development!

 

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