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Bishop readies for ‘beginning of the end’ of Paris climate negotiations

Posted December 10, 2015 08:41:31

A trimmed-down draft of a global agreement to limit climate change has been released right after a week and a half of negotiations in Paris.

Audio: Draft climate adjust agreement released but a lot of concerns unresolved (AM)

But there are hundreds of points still getting contested and the huge troubles are far from resolved.

Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has described it as “the beginning of the end of the negotiations.”

She has narrowed her focus to 3 key troubles but to be resolved — how ambitious it will be, how to balance duty among created and establishing countries and how the deal is financed.

The option of aiming to limit worldwide warming to 1.five degrees Celsius rather than the less ambitious 2C has not been however ruled out.

The option of explicitly aiming to reach “zero net emissions” is nevertheless on the table, but the option on the table is a more ambiguous aim of “low international emissions”.

But the largest battle remaining is how to balance obligations and responsibilities among created and building nations.

Clearly Australia’s view is that all nations require to take action, that there ought to be a level playing field.

Foreign Minster Julie Bishop.

This most current draft still contains the selection of getting diverse accounting systems for emissions for developed and developing countries, which is something Australia wants to see eliminated in these final days.

“That’s a quite hardline position but there are some other bridging choices that have been place forward, and clearly Australia’s view is that all nations require to take action, that there need to be a level playing field and that is what we’ll be looking for,” Ms Bishop said.

Negotiations on these concerns will influence how significantly funds sophisticated nations are ultimately willing to offer building nations.

Up to $ US100 billion ($ 140 billion) has been pledged up to 2020 but the draft is currently silent on what the figure may be beyond that.

Regardless of whether sophisticated economies need to spend loss and damages to other nations also remains unresolved.

French foreign minister Laurent Fabius has warned the clock is ticking.

“Some progress has been made, but there is still a lot of work to be completed,” he said.

“We need to prepare to be functioning all evening and tomorrow, almost certainly continuously.”

The self-imposed deadline for this deal is the finish of the week but there is a universal expectation that talks will have to spill over into the weekend.

“There is nevertheless a lot of function to be carried out,” Ms Bishop said.

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Indigenous Referendum Council named soon after drawn-out negotiations

Posted December 07, 2015 00:01:11

The Federal Government and Opposition have settled on the lengthy-awaited Referendum Council to seek advice from on the greatest prospect of recognising Indigenous Australians in the constitution.

Advocates of adjust are hopeful the 16-member council will break the impasse in the debate over the question that would be put to voters.

The council was anticipated to be named around the time Tony Abbott was toppled as prime minister in mid-September and the time lag has caused great aggravation for some advocates.

Membership of the council was negotiated between Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.

It consists of prominent Indigenous advocates for adjust from across the country — Pat Dodson, Pat Anderson, Noel Pearson, Mick Gooda, Megan Davis and Galarrwuy Yunupingu.

They will be joined by former Labor NSW premier Kristina Keneally, former Democrats leader Natasha Stott Despoja and former federal Liberal indigenous affairs minister Amanda Vanstone.

Former AFL chief Andrew Demetriou, senior lawyer and advocate Mark Leibler and former higher court chief justice Murray Gleeson are also members.

Referendum Council members:

  • Professor Patrick Dodson (co-chair)
  • Mark Leibler AC (co-chair)
  • Pat Anderson AO
  • Professor Megan Davis
  • Andrew Demetriou
  • Murray Gleeson AC QC
  • Kristina Keneally
  • Mick Gooda
  • Tanya Hosch
  • Jane McAloon
  • Michael Rose
  • Natasha Stott Despoja AM
  • Noel Pearson
  • Amanda Vanstone
  • Dalassa Yorkston
  • Dr Galarrwuy Yunupingu AM

Topics: indigenous-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander, community-and-society, government-and-politics, indigenous-policy, federal-government, australia

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