12/10/15 - Clayton Utz
COP21: The French throw down the gauntlet with new draft text
The reaction of those parties to the challenge presented by these latest drafts at COP21 will determine whether an agreement is achieved.
On the afternoon of Wednesday 9 December, the French presidency of the COP released the latest draft of the proposed Paris Agreement and decision text for the COP to give effect to that agreement.
At first glance, the drafts represent a significant effort by the parties to resolve outstanding issues in the rapidly diminishing time left at the conference. The agreement and decision text, along with additional text for an alternative preamble which provides for scaling up of pre-2020 ambition, are now 29 pages in total, with a significant reduction in the amount of bracketed text and options from the previous drafts. However it appears that the French presidency has thrown down the gauntlet to all parties by removing a lot of text, with initial reactions suggesting that this has caught some member countries out. The reaction of those parties to the challenge presented by these latest drafts will determine whether an agreement is achieved.