COP 21: Deal still elusive, final text delayed till Dec 12

COP21 delegates

PARIS: With divergences still persisting on the text of the climate deal, the ongoing negotiations at the Paris meet has been delayed by a day to December 12.

The next and final text, which was supposed to come on December 11, will now be released on the morning of December 12. The discussions will begin over it the same afternoon to reach a global deal latest by the evening to save the world from the devastating impact of climate change through countries’ post-2020 actions. 

The overnight negotiations on December 10 could not translate into convergence on many issues. Against this backdrop, French Foreign Minister and COP21 president Laurent Fabius had to officially announce on the morning of December 11 that he would not present the text on Friday evening as he had thought earlier (to meet the deadline as the Paris talks was scheduled to be concluded on Friday by arriving at an agreement). 

Mr Fabius will now present the final text on the morning of December 12, so that the talks would conclude by the evening.  “There is still work to do. Things are going on in right direction”, Mr Fabius said. 

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