If Thursday had a single focus, it was to serve as that reminder. The Peruvian government launched a new platform – The ‘Nazca Climate Action portal’ – to showcase the range of progressive actions being undertaken by non-state actors like cities, subnational regions and companies. US Secretary of State John Kerry also made a brief stop in Lima, giving a rousing speech in a press conference. He demanded that citizens in Lima and around the world step up, and challenge their leaders on climate issues.
Kerry’s words were the perfect cue. Young people from the US and Canada greeted journalists leaving the press conference with a colorful action urging the US and Canadian governments to turn their back on dirty energy – specifically tar sands and the Keystone XL pipeline.
Negotiations continued with little progress throughout most of the day. Much of the focus was on the text tackling the scope and process surrounding countries’ national contributions to the post-2020 deal, and on ways to boost climate action pre-2020. After slow deliberations, a new version of this text was presented to governments at 10:30pm. It is hoped this new proposal will form the basis of discussions tomorrow, and ultimately make up the final outcome of the conference.
In a stocktaking meeting late Thursday, governments were reminded of the weight of task ahead of them, as COP President Manuel Pulgar-Vidal warned: “we don’t want repositions, we need to bring to the table proposals in very constructive way.” Negotiations on this new text will now get underway early Friday. From our partnersAustralia won today’s Fossil of the Day prize, which means they have now won five out of the 10 awards given so far. Today’s award comes in response to comments by the country’s Trade Minister, Andrew Robb that Australia would not sign up to a new global deal if major trade competitors are not doing so, while travelling to the talks with BHP lobbyists.
Climate Action Tracker have also shined the spotlight on Australia today. Their latest report makes for some sobering reading, showing that under the current government’s policies, the country’s emissions could soar, increasing by as much as 50% above 1990 levels by 2020. Check out our Tree Alert for more on this report. US Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to the UN climate talks today had reach outside of the negotiating halls, as US activist generated a Twitterstorm demanding the Obama administration reject the Keystone XL pipeline.
Many of our partners also took to social media to react to Kerry’s speech, welcoming his call for action, which offers negotiators in Lima a timely reminder of what is at stake this week. And while much of the focus was on the US and the Keystone XL Pipeline today, Canadian youth groups also drew attention to the climate and environmental impact of tar sands, calling on their government to include this polluting industry in its emissions accounting.
In their daily press conference Thursday, CAN International focused its attention to financeand the important role it could play in unplugging some of the current blockages in the negotiations. CAN members are calling for governments in Lima to agree a roadmap to ensuring countries meet their target of providing $100 billion of climate finance each year by 2020.