Talks at the COP27 climate summit are intensifying as only two days remain until the official date for reaching consensus on a common text to conclude the negotiations.
The draft wording, known as the “cover decision,” is due to be distributed to the 197 participating countries this morning, but haggling over the final content is expected to continue beyond Friday night’s formal deadline.
Negotiations are taking place between different blocs of like-minded countries on four main issues.
Environment and Climate Secretary Eamon Ryan was yesterday appointed the European Union’s chief negotiator on loss and damage.
Loss and damage is the crucial issue at the summit as wealthy nations seek to delay or water down a proposal that they pay for damage in climate-scarred countries.
Mr Ryan said the EU is entering the negotiations with a determination to include a commitment to finance losses and damage in the final text, but on condition that it prioritize the most vulnerable countries and allow time, funding sources and a fair distribution method to work out .
“We are serious about providing the greatest possible support, especially to the most vulnerable countries,” Ryan said.
“The main task is to turn that intention into a common text for people to rally behind.”
He expected “difficult and lengthy” talks. The G77 bloc of 134 developing countries seeks a broader and more far-reaching loss and damage fund than the richest nations will accept.
Other problems also need to be solved. There is still disagreement on how to continue the 2015 pledge to cut emissions enough to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C in the final text.
Mr Ryan said the news he got from other threads suggested there had been some positive steps on that front after earlier fears the promise could be abandoned.
However, climate and human rights activists had yet to be persuaded and staged further small protests at the summit venue yesterday, demanding no backing down.
Discussions on strengthening emission reduction commitments and climate finance to help poor countries develop renewable energy and protect land, infrastructure and agriculture from climate impacts also continue.
https://www.independent.ie/news/environment/eamon-ryan-takes-key-role-for-eu-as-crunch-cop27-climate-negotiations-enter-final-days-42150723.html Eamon Ryan takes on a key role for the EU as the COP27 climate talks enter the final days