Qatar could ask ministers to short-circuit negotiations
At the end of the fifth day of the Doha climate talks on November 30, the president of the Conference of Parties (CoP) held an informal meeting of all parties “in the spirit of transparency” to take stock of how negotiations have progressed. The session happened around the time news spread that negotiations will go into closed-door mode—what are called green rooms—when ministers of more than 190 countries arrive early next week in Doha. Speculation was rife on November 30 night in the Qatar National Convention Centre that this move came with the tacit support of some developed countries.
The move gave rise to fears of a repeat of the 2009 Copenhagen CoP where secret meetings and “chair texts” had led to much bitterness among parties, resulting in complete lack of consensus and no decision being arrived at. Such a move could even render the ongoing negotiator-level talks held so far redundant. Meanwhile, the CoP president reiterated at the meeting that the ministers’ presence must be capitalised upon and that “political resolutions” to key decisions must be obtained. While there will be clarity on the “spirit of transparency” next week, it is no secret that parties so far have not been able to reach any consensus on several crucial aspects.
Ideally, Doha CoP will be considered successful if it delivers the promises made at Durban last year—smooth transition onto the second commitment period of Kyoto Protocol and successful closure of the Ad hoc Working group on Long-Term Cooperative Action (AWG-LCA) along with all its elements involving issues related to finance, technology transfer and intellectual property rights. These continue to remain sticking points, which parties acknowledged at the informal meeting, reaffirming the North-South divide for the umpteenth time (see 'Stocktaking').
Algeria (on behalf of G77 and China):
Switzerland (on behalf of Environmental Integrity Group):
Nauru (on behalf of Alliance of Small Island States):
Gambia (on behalf of Least Developed Countries):
Swaziland (African group):