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Monday, 14 December 2015

CARICOM hails Paris Agreement

A legally-binding climate agreement has been reached in France after marathon negotiations took the Paris climate summit into a day of overtime on Saturday. The agreement, which was to be adopted on Friday, represents several compromises, including on positions originally held by the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS). CARICOM delegations in Paris tell AMG that they are satisfied with that they have been able to enshrine in the text, not least a provision for compensation for loss and damage attributable to climate change, and a mandate to lower global temperature rise to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius over current levels. The text was not adopted with full support, however. With minutes of the 3:45pm start of the plenary meant for the text’s adoption, the Group of 77 – in which CARICOM and AOSIS fall – met to share views on the draft outcome agreement.  AMG understands that south African countries used this opportunity to request that the text be reopened, on the basis that it only recognized special circumstances for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Less Developed Countries. The proposal was not entertained by the G-77 Chair.

Source: The Antillean