Yesterday saw COP22 kicking into high gear, with the subsidiary bodies trying hard to wrap up their recommendations for the COP, CMP, and CMA, which began – in a fashion – today. The SBI had partially closed last Friday, and finished agreeing on the remainder of its draft decisions on Monday afternoon. Afterward, the SBSTA plenary began and stopped — and then tried to begin again. But the APA plenary boxed it out. With an agenda filled to the brim with tasks assigned at COP21 to bring the Paris Agreement to life, the APA took up most of the Parties’ energy. It finally finished at close to midnight. So SBSTA was bumped until this morning, when it closed with quick agreements on the remaining loss and damage issues.
The Vermont Law School COP22 Observer Delegation second-week team arrived on Sunday and jumped into the fray with aplomb. Moving from negotiation room to room, keeping up with a fluid schedule that regularly changed, and setting aside their jet lag, our new group of five JD students and one teaching assistant picked up the baton from their first-week partners. Hence you’ll see a continued focus on agriculture, forestry, and other land uses; adaptation; loss and damage; NDCs and other reporting requirements; and the Paris Agreement’s transparency framework.
COP22/CMP12/CMA1 is due to conclude this Friday with a more clear sense of how the rules needed to implement the Paris Agreement will be developed between now and 2018. Stay tuned.