The ups and downs of negotiations

December 10, 2015

Wednesday, December 9, 3:36 p.m. The new draft agreement has finally come out! Excitement is at its peak. Will the new draft live up to our expectations? In his introductory speech, Laurent Fabius, President of the COP21 Summit and French Foreign Minister, forewarned that so long as there is no consensus, there will be no agreement. With this statement, the writing was already on the wall: despite some positive advances, which give us hope that a satisfactory agreement remains possible, the draft leaves an overall impression of disappointment.

In response to this, 600 representatives of civil society, including CIDSE and Development and Peace have organized a peaceful act of civil disobedience at Le Bourget to send a clear message to negotiators, calling upon them to continue to work towards a just, fair and ambitious agreement. We will find out tomorrow, Thursday, if our pressures have borne fruit. A new draft is indeed expected; let us not lose hope!

If you wish to take a closer look at the reasons why Development and Peace deems the current draft unsatisfactory, please consult the statement put out by CIDSE, a coalition to which we belong.