— The Erimtan Angle —

France will be hosting the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11) from 30 November to 11 December 2015. COP21 has an official logo, but other visuals are also available to everyone for usage under certain conditions. As this event concerns us all, let us all mobilize and share its colours And here are President Obama’s opening remarks. Published on Nov 30, 2015.

‘The 1,300 delegates meeting in the “La Loire” plenary room observed a minute’s silence on Sunday [, 29 November 2015] in memory of the Paris attacks. The two ADP Co-Chairs, Ahmed Djoghlaf (Algeria) and Daniel Reifsnyder (United States) wanted discussions to open early “to make the best possible use of the very limited time available to delegates to finalize the draft agreement”. The Minister of Foreign Affairs and incoming COP21 President, Laurent Fabius, reiterated his “absolute priority to help reach an ambitious compromise. I am committed to this process being transparent and open to all. My door will always be open,” continued the incoming COP21 President, before commending his counterpart, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Chair of COP20, for the work accomplished together. “The Lima-Paris duo is a model to be followed,” noted Ahmed Djoghlaf. The delegates will begin discussions on Tuesday 1 December, following the political sequence with the 150 Heads of State’. [1]

The dedicated COP21 website is very helpful indeed, even providing a ‘Provisional timetable’ for the proceedings of the coming days:

29 NOVEMBER: ADP OPENING DAY

At 17:00, the negotiations will open early at the request of the two ADP* co-chairs, Ahmed Djoghlaf (Algeria) and Daniel Reifsnyder (United States), to “so as to ensure the best use of the very limited time available to ADP to finalize its work.”

DAY OF 30 NOVEMBER: HEADS OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT PHASE

At 10:00, the French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Laurent Fabius, will officially be invested with the Presidency of the Conference of the Parties, before the political sequence with addresses by the 147 Heads of State and Government who have answered the invitation of the President of the French Republic, François Hollande, and Laurent Fabius. Further information.

WEEK OF 1-6 DECEMBER

TUESDAY, 1 TO FRIDAY, 4 DECEMBER: the representatives of the 196 parties negotiate the future agreement within the Ad Hoc Working Group on the ADP. The work will be carried out under the authority of the two ADP co-chairs. In parallel, subsidiary bodies for implementation (SBI) and scientific and technological advice (SBSTA) continue their work on the more technical aspects (monitoring of the implementation of current climate policies, including in the framework of the Kyoto Protocol, etc.).

SATURDAY, 5 DECEMBER: closure of the work of the ADP, which submits a new text, resulting from the negotiations of this first week, to the French Presidency.

WEEK OF 6-11 DECEMBER

It is during this second week that France fully presides over COP21. The Environment or Foreign Affairs Ministers (or lead negotiators in their absence) of the 196 parties meet to negotiate the new text. The French Presidency then proposes to the 19- parties the terms for continuation of the work, following consultation with them and taking into account the results of the first week.

MONDAY, 7 and TUESDAY, 8 DECEMBER: Ministers’ speeches. In parallel, the 196 parties continue their work on the draft agreement.

WEDNESDAY, 9 DECEMBER: Conclusion of the negotiations in order to carry out legal and linguistic verifications of the agreement text in the 6 UN languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish).

THURSDAY, 10 DECEMBER: adoption of the decisions.

FRIDAY, 11 DECEMBER: adoption of the Paris Agreement. The signing of this agreement is not planned for the same day, but for early 2016, during a ceremony organized by the United Nations Secretary-General.[2]

[1] “Laurent Fabius: “The time has come!”” COP21. http://www.cop21.gouv.fr/en/laurent-fabius-nous-y-voila/.

[2] “Provisional timetable” COP21. http://www.cop21.gouv.fr/en/how-are-the-negotiations-organized-during-cop21/.

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