The draft text
On Wednesday, negotiations were operating at full throttle. Multiple spinoff groups, compromises, streamlining, to take to ministers next week to so that Ministers can grapple with the political dimensions. Most observers are not allowed into these spinoff groups, but the IISD has released coverage and the ADP reported to the press in the evening. Many Parties expressed concern at this session, about the structure and pace of the negotiations.
The Like Minded Developing Countries (LMDC) negotiating group made the point that “three separate spinoff groups for a single article of text” was problematic. The Maldives and Sudan echoed this call for a reduction. Smaller delegations are no doubt struggling for representation across so many simultaneous meetings. Malaysia also called for more civil society participation in spinoff groups.
The EU does not think a text can be produced by Saturday. The Independent Association of Latin America and the Caribbean (AILAC) bloc called for the ADP co-chairs to offer a bridging text themselves (like they produced in early October). The USA noted that there is no time left to argue about process; Parties simply need to focus on substance.
Water Resilience Focus within the LPAA
Climate change impacts, coupled with unsustainable use of water will quickly lead, if not already the case, to a significant alteration of hydrographical cycles and intensification of extreme flood and drought events.
At the event river basin organizations, business and civil society groups announced the creation of the international “Paris Pact on Water and Climate Change Adaptation” to make water systems more resilient to climate impacts. The objective of the Paris Pact is to reduce risks related to the quality and availability of water. It encompasses individual commitments to implement adaptation plans, strengthening water monitoring and measurement systems in river basins, promoting financial sustainability, new investment in water systems management and collective action within river basins. The major collaborative projects under the Paris Pact on Water and Climate Change Adaptation represent over US$20M in technical assistance and potentially over US$1B in financing.
Once again, these actions show a translation from Parties’ level political rhetoric and intended nationally determined contributions towards solid action. The inclusion of many cross sectoral private organisations shows a trajectory toward system wide change. A legal agreement at Paris will continue to mobilize such actions, but it is encouraging that many are being implemented at this phase.