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Negotiators release new draft text at COP21


12-05-2015 10:34 BJT

Climate negotiations continue in Paris. Negotiators from 195 countries have been working all week to agree on a more streamlined version of the draft to hand over to the French presidency this weekend. 

The political aims of global leaders has come down to closed-door talks among international negotiators.

As usual in climate talks, divisions remain between developed and developing countries. Those divisions include financial help and the division of responsibility.

China is urging developed countries to fulfill their obligation to provide an 100 billion US dollars per year to help developing countries.

The G77 group and China now includes 134 developing countries. It issued a strong statement denouncing attempts by a number of industrialised nations to attach conditions to this funding.

Proposals include new wording, which suggests climate funding should be provided not only by "developed" countries, but also by others "in a position to do so".

Setting long-term climate goals is another tough issue. There are growing calls to strengthen the 2 degrees long-term goal to the safer 1.5 degree maximum. The group of Least-developed Countries say this is essential.

International negotiators are still working on a final text for politicians to work on next week. All the parties hope it will pave the way for a new international climate change agreement. 

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