Delegates, take a deep breath and think about the moment the gable sounded and the Paris Agreement was decided. The applause, the recognition, the enthusiasm for action! All those pats on the back! You lapped it up – you had worked hard! Well, the Paris agreement was about past work … and future promise. And now is the future. Time to live up to your promises!
ECO 5, SB48-2, English
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Dear Ministers, we are looking forward to seeing you at the Talanoa Dialogue in Katowice. While it will be freezing outside, Talanoa Dialogue will bring some much needed warmth and lots of dialogue to the process.
While you deliberate on item 5: (section D.5,7 & 8) in the air-conditioned ESCAP conference centre, Where Are We?
We are on the front line of climate breakdown. As people of faith and people of conscience, we are struggling in our moral obligation to care for the poor and vulnerable, provide for our children and respect our inheritance.
In the corridors of the UN conference centre in Bangkok, ECO heard a widespread old mantra: “Finance is POLITICAL”. Well, yes, finance is political, as most of the issues you’re negotiating here are. Should it prevent Parties from progressing on the elements in the agenda, therefore putting at risk an ambitious overall outcome by Sunday? Clearly not.
ECO wants to draw the attention of negotiators to the tens of thousands of people here in Bangkok and around the world taking part in more than 600 Rise for Climate actions this weekend.
ECO is pulling out the popcorn for the discussion on the transition away from Kyoto Protocol mechanisms today. The current Annex on the table is vague about where we are going and when, but it’s clearly on the minds of a large number of Parties, so we think it’ll spark some serious discussion.