These Bonn talks are critical, not just in shaping the Paris agreement, but also in achieving a common understanding on a range of important issues. Governments need to start fleshing out areas of convergence within the text, and points of divergence should be discussed at length.
Negotiators should also keep in mind that these talks are not just about streamlining a text; they are about realising climate justice. Developed countries must focus on helping those most affected by, and in the weakest position to cope with, climate change, acknowledging they are part of the solution and ensuring all climate actions respect and promote human rights and gender equality.
ECO’s desired results from this session are not only a shorter text to be passed onto the next round, but also progress on the critical issues, a clearer vision for the Paris Agreement and a renewed sense of collaboration between Parties.