How will the negotiations be organized during COP21?

Country representatives listen to the  opening remarks by UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres during the Opening Ceremony of the UN COP20 and CMP10 conference in Lima, on December 01, 2014. The UN 20th session of the Conference of the Parties on Climate Change and the 10th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol is being held from December 1st to 12th in Lima. AFP PHOTO/CRIS BOURONCLE / AFP / CRIS BOURONCLE
Country representatives listen to the opening remarks by UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres during the Opening Ceremony of the UN COP20 and CMP10 conference in Lima, on December 01, 2014. The UN 20th session of the Conference of the Parties on Climate Change and the 10th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol is being held from December 1st to 12th in Lima. AFP PHOTO/CRIS BOURONCLE / AFP / CRIS BOURONCLE

24 Nov How will the negotiations be organized during COP21?

Provisional timetable

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 informations.

 

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 (list of the speakers). 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.

 

Detailed programme in PDF format.

 

*FURTHER INFORMATION

ADP: The Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) was established during COP17 in 2011, and is responsible, in the framework of the UNFCCC, for producing a new “protocol, another legal instrument or an agreed outcome with legal force.” This agreement should be adopted in 2015 before taking effect in 2020.

 

 

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