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A View of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

Captain Planet encourages delegates to keep human rights in the agreement

On Wednesday, 9 December, negotiations advanced under the COP Presidency on the draft Paris outcome. At 3:00pm the Comité de Paris convened for the presentation of a revised version of the draft Paris outcome. The session was then immediately closed to allow for parties to review and consult on the text. At 8:00pm the Comité reconvened to hear parties’ first impressions on the text.

Negotiations continued throughout the night in two parallel informal consultations, the first being an indaba addressing differentiation, finance and ambition, facilitated by COP 21 President Laurent Fabius, and the second a consultation on loss and damage, cooperative approaches and mechanisms, preamble and forests, facilitated by COP 20 President Manuel Pulgar-Vidal (Peru).

Contact groups and informal consultations continued throughout the day under the COP and CMP to finalize decisions on their agenda items.

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Comité de Paris


L-R: Halldór Thorgeirsson, UNFCCC Director for Strategy; Laurence Tubiana, COP 21/CMP 11 Presidency; UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres; COP 21/CMP 11 President Laurent Fabius, Foreign Minister, France; June Budhooram, COP Secretary; and Richard Kinley, UNFCCC Deputy Executive Secretary


COP 21/CMP 11 President Laurent Fabius,
Foreign Minister, France

UNFCCC Secretariat


The draft Paris outcome is distributed to delegates



The German delegation reviews the text

The Chinese delegation reviews the text


The Swedish delegation reviews the text

Nozipho Mxakato-Diseko and Edna Molewa, Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, South Africa, speak with Laurence Tubiana, COP 21/CMP 11 Presidency


UN security manages delegates entering the venue for the evening meeting of the Comité de Paris


COP 21/CMP 11 President Laurent Fabius,
Foreign Minister, France

Edna Molewa, Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, South Africa, speaking on behalf of the G-77/China


Mehmet Emin Birpınar, Turkey

Peter Woolcott, Australia, speaking on behalf of the Umbrella Group

Franz Perrez, Switzerland, speaking
on behalf of the Environmental
Integrity Group (EIG)


Gurdial Singh, Malaysia, speaking on behalf of the Like-Minded Developing Countries (LMDCs)


Xie Zhenhua, Minister, Vice-Chairman, National Development
and Reform Commission, China

Carole Dieschbourg, EU


Giza Gaspar Martins, Angola, speaking
on behalf of the Least
Developed Countries (LDCs)

Amina J. Mohammed, Minister of
the Environment, Nigeria

Ayman Shasly, Saudi Arabia, speaking
on behalf of the Arab Group



COP/CMP Contact Groups


CMP contact group on issues relating to the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)


Co-Chair Jeffery Spooner, Jamaica

José Domingos Gonzalez Miguez, Brazil


Koffi Volley, Togo

Wael Farag Basyouny Kamel Keshk, Egypt, speaking on behalf of
the Arab Group

Prakash Chandra Maithani, India


Ulrika Raab, EU

Mandy Rambharos, South Africa


Delegates review the draft text


Members of the Arab Group discuss the text

Members of the African Group discuss the text


COP contact group on climate finance


Contact Group Co-Chairs Nauman Bashir Bhatt,
Pakistan, and Stefan Schwager, Switzerland

David Kaluba, Zambia


Bernarditas Muller, Bolivia, speaking on behalf of the G-77/China

Stephan Kellenberger, Switzerland


Delegates review the draft text


Delegates discuss the draft text

Bernarditas Muller, Bolivia, speaks with the co-chairs


Richard Sherman, South Africa

Delegates during the contact group



Events throughout the Day


UNFCCC briefing session with observers: Nathan Thanki, Friends of the Earth; UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres; and
COP 20/CMP 10 President Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Minister of Environment, Peru



Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) and Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI)
Chairs and Secretariat pose with 'We Must-Can-Will Take Action Now' shirts


Civil Society Actions


Faith and civil society leaders display placards representing the people who have 'fasted for climate change' across the world



Members of civil society lay out two paths to a climate negotiations outcome,
encouraging delegates to take the 'green' path to a sustainable future



Members of civil society lie on the floor, pleading delegates not to 'step on them' and to remember human rights in the negotiations



Around the Venue



Nicos Kouyialis, Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development
and Environment, Cyprus, with Andrä Rupprechter, Federal Minister for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment
and Water Management, Austria

Members of the EU meet informally


Jonathan Pershing, US, poses with Dessima Williams, Grenada

Jane Goodall, UN Messenger of Peace


The Armenian delegation

US Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern walks to plenary


Delegates around the venue


Delegates queue to make copies of the draft Paris outcome





Bakers from Paul stand in front of the freshly-constructed Eiffel Tower made of bread

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