As Ministers and negotiators prepare for the next round of diplomatic meetings to thrash out a universal agreement tackling climate change and its impacts, Track 0’s Founder and CEO Farhana Yamin and two of Track 0’s advisors, Erik Haites and Niklas Höhne, have compiled a Paris Agreement which offers one possible way in which the 90 pages of unwieldy text can be whittled down to produce an ambitious, yet politically balanced and comprehensive agreement.
The Track 0 proposal uses only the textual proposals generated by Parties set out in the Geneva Negotiating Text released in February 2015. Since then Parties have been negotiating the exact commitments and phrasing they want in the Paris Agreement, to reduce the 90 pages down to a more manageable size for an Agreement attempting to represent 195 countries.
The Track 0 report comes following the slow progress made at the recent June negotiating session in Bonn. Partly as a result, the French Government have now announced that they will host an informal Ministerial Meeting in Paris on 20 and 21 July to allow Ministers to begin to directly engage with the draft text for the first time.
“We all know that to stay below the 2ºC or 1.5ºC we need to ensure we walk away from Paris with the most ambitious agreement possible that puts us on track to reach zero emissions by mid-century.” said Farhana Yamin, Founder and CEO of Track 0. “No one wants Paris to be a failure. And while all the big emitters are now on board with signing an agreement, what we learnt from Copenhagen (and the 2000 COP in The Hague) is that the earlier Ministers get comfortable with the kind of text they might actually be called on to adopt, the better. Ministers can not only help get negotiators push past difficult political logjams, but their engagement helps the Co-Chairs and the COP Presidency get a lay of the land as to what compromises are actually possible. We hope the Track 0 proposals can help all negotiators.”
You can read ‘From 90 pages to 9: A Possible Paris Agreement from the Geneva Negotiating Text.’ here.
The Press Release and Corresponding Author’s contact details for the text can also be found here.