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Darnell Hanson

June 2015: Landmark Legal Rulings

Last month, The District Court in the Hague ruled in favour of sustainability foundation Urgenda, and imposed a legal duty on the government to reduce at least 25% of the Netherlands’ emissions by 2020 compared to 1990 levels. Based on

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UNFCCC Officials Release a Streamlined Additional Text

Yesterday, co-chairs from the UNFCCC released a new version of the negotiating text for COP21 in Paris. While the document is not an official part of the UNFCCC process, being drafted by co-chairs and not party delegates, it provides greater clarity on

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Bonn negotiations 31st August – 4th September

The negotiations from the 31th of August – 4th of September in Bonn, Germany provided yet another piece for the ‘Paris puzzle’. Bonn was the penultimate session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2.10); which leaves a

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Co-Chairs release (unofficial) 20 page draft Agreement

The UNFCCC’s two ADP co-chairs released three documents yesterday to guide the negotiations in Bonn later this month. They are: The Co-Chairs’ non-paper (that is, the draft Paris treaty and COP 21 decision). A scenario note laying out the plan for the

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Bonn negotiations 19 – 23 October

The ADP2.11 session that took place from 19th October – 23rd October was supposed to have consisted of line by line negotiations based on a streamlined non-paper of the ADP2.10 text. Instead, ADP2.11 was dominated by two things: The new negotiating text

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UNFCCC releases INDC synthesis report

The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a report assessing the aggregate impact of the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions submitted so far before Paris. The final full document “Synthesis report on the aggregate effect of the intended nationally determined contributions” covers over 140 INDCs and over 90% of

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Day 1 – Overview

The first day of COP21 has been a flurry of press conferences and announcements. The scale of the conference is enormous: many meetings operated simultaneously and ran overtime. The ADP – the body tasked in 2011 with guiding the Parties

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Day 2 – Overview

Negotiations begin On Tuesday December 1st, substantive negotiations kicked off in a number of different forums, including the ADP contact group, the main Conference of Parties plenary and its two permanent Subsidiary Bodies (the SBSTA, which provides scientific and technical

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