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CoP18, Doha: An assessment A Gateway that leads nowhere

Sunita Narain on the Doha outcome It was a nail-biting end that came in a no-ball game. For the past 20 years, the world has been haggling about who will cut greenhouse gas emissions and how much. In the same 20 years, the science of climate change has become more certain. The world is beginning to witness what the future will look like – more extreme events like the typhoon Bopha and the tropical storm Sandy are expected to cripple life and livelihoods across the world. In fact, as the leader of the Philippine delegation emotionally pointed out, the world is running out of time -- his ocean nation has seen 17 killer typhoons in the past year.

Stocktaking by CoP18 President, December 7, 2012

Draft texts made, remade and re-remade: No consensus in sight COP President We can see the contours of a balanced package. It is clearly within reach. I understand every party may not be fully satisfied with the outcome. But I'd like you to not see things in isolation. Please consider for overall balance. Facilitators/Ministers/Co-chairs speak

Media Journalists

As part of an initiative to understand global climate negotiations, for better media reporting about the ongoing discussion at the global forum at the end of every year, a group of 9-10 journalists are taken to the Conference of Parties by CSE. This year, the following journalists are supported by CSE, where they get to attend sessions, events and negotiations first hand:

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Developing countries unanimously reject LCA text

By: Indrajit Bose Date: Dec 3, 2012 None of developing countries concerns reflect in the negotiating text, closure of LCA in Doha looks difficult The second week of the Doha talks opened amid high drama as developing countries unanimously rejected the “draft text” prepared by the chairperson of the ad-hoc working group on long-term cooperative action (AWG-LCA). Such a draft text details the areas of convergence and divergence on all issues that are to be taken up for further deliberations by parties. Read more