COP 22 talks set to outline Paris Agreement rule book


By Sarah Kimani

November 13, 2016

Also published by South African Broadcasting Corporation

Heads of state and ministers from several countries are expected in Morocco from Sunday for the high level segment of the United Nations Climate Change Conference underway in the town of Marrakech.

The climate talks are expected to come up with a rule book on how to implement the Paris Agreement, but negotiators feel talks will fall short of expectations.

Chairperson of the Least Developed Nations, Tosi Mpanu Mpanu, from the Democratic Republic of Congo says the meeting needs to move away from procedural issues and begin dealing with issues of concern including financing poor countries to deal with the effects of climate change.

At least 20 000 delegates from 196 countries are gathering at this year’s summit also known as COP22.

The first week of the conference came to a close Saturday amid fears that progress on the work at hand was slow and less productive.

Mpanu Mpanu says: “Unfortunately, the outcomes are not as great as one would have expected, and we have been told that Marrakech is an action and implementation cop. If we need to have action indeed, we need to go into the substantive issues - we need to go beyond the procedural issues.”

There were also concerns that the talks have not been all-inclusive.

UN Framework for Convention on Climate Change Executive Secretary, Patricia Espinosa, however says the talks have progressed well and negotiations are still underway.

She disagreed that a draft document titled the “Marrakech call” which has been circulated to several delegates is the document that will form the basis of the final agreement expected to be announced at the end of next week.

Developing countries are seeking funds to cushion them against the effects of climate change
Developing countries are seeking funds to cushion them against the effects of climate change, which include rising seas, prolonged droughts, flash floods and diseases.

They have also promised to shift to cleaner energy and to make their economies greener – countries set a goal of raising $100Billion a year by 2020 to help fight climate change.

The flow of that money according to civil society and developing countries meeting in Marrakech is “nowhere near enough” to help them deal with the devastating effects of climate change.