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A View of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

On the final day of COP 21, Comité de Paris is opened by President François Hollande, France;
COP 21/CMP 11 President Laurent Fabius, Foreign Minister, France;
and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

UPDATE 12:30pm: The Comité de Paris convened at 11:51am. COP 21 President announced that after extensive consultations a draft final Paris outcome had been prepared, telling parties "the world is holding it's breath, it counts on all of us." UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called on parties to have the courage to grasp this opportunity. President François Hollande said "France calls upon you to adopt the first universal agreement on climate," stressing delegates "have the opportunity to change the world." COP 21 President Laurent Fabius said COP 21 would reconvene at 3:45pm after parties have the opportunity to consult.

UPDATE 9:40am: Following intensive overnight consultations and bilaterals, the Comité de Paris is expected to reconvene at 11:30am for the presentation of the new draft Paris outcome.


On Friday, 11 December, the “indaba of solutions” continued from Thursday night into the early morning, with parties working, in particular, on sections of the text related to ambition, finance and differentiation. When persistent differences arose during the indaba, interested parties were asked to consult to seek solutions and report back to the indaba in 30-45 minutes.

In the morning, the COP 21 Presidency announced that a new version of the draft Paris outcome, based on the indaba, would be released during the 6th meeting of the Comité de Paris at 9:00am Saturday, 12 December. COP 21 President Laurent Fabius undertook intensive consultations with groups and parties throughout the day. Parties also continued to work in bilaterals, including at the highest-levels, to build compromise language around the key outstanding issues.

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Informal Meetings throughout the Day

US Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during a bilateral meeting

US Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern
speaks with a member of his delegation

US Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Prakash Javadekar, Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, India

Party delegates meet behind closed doors throughout the day

Civil Society Actions

Hundreds of people join a large demonstration that blocks the entrance to Le Bourget,
calling for a fair, transparent and ambitious climate agreement

Members of civil society form a long human chain to lay down their 'red lines which cannot be crossed' as part of the climate negotiations

Members of civil society plead delegates not to gamble with their future

Around the Venue

Delegates study the draft Paris outcome early into the morning

Delegates meet informally throughout the day

Many meeting rooms sit empty as negotiations focus on ministerial consultations to solve outstanding issues

The Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) team covering COP 21: Virginia Wiseman; Mari Luomi; Jen Allan; Anna Schulz; Beate Antonich; Rishikesh Bhandary; and Kiara Worth

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