Day 4 saw negotiations continue across a range of groups and issues. The steady progress being made in these discussions may not make for exciting reporting, but may be a sign that the trust that the UK has been hoping will be re-instilled to the negotiations is coming back.
Key to that is the demonstration that developed countries are delivering on their commitments, particularly to deliver fast start finance. The UK is holding a side event on Friday to help explain to developing countries how our share is being spent, and communicating more widely the information that has been lodged on the international fast-start finance website. This follows similar events by the EU and by the US and others similarly to clarify where their money has gone.
In the negotiating chambers, the AWG-LCA discussions considered the negotiating texts on finance, technology and capacity building, emissions from aviation and marine transport fuels and the ‘shared vision’ or overarching ambition for the negotiations.
Discussions on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) are expected to start formally on Friday. Under the AWG-KP conversation went into the detail of countries’ emissions from different greenhouse gases, and from land use, land use change and forestry.