1:30am – Still Waiting for LCA to Begin

Here in the LCA Plenary hall, waiting for what should be the final meeting of the LCA to begin, originally scheduled for 7-9pm this evening. Many NGOs have gone home but there are still easily over 150 people in the room. A Swedish Youth NGO is trying to lead Parties in a sing-song and the head of the Ghanaian delegation behind me is waving a plastic wand and muttering about a COP15-bis.

Apparently the issue revolves around language on developed country mitigation in the Chair’s text. This was in the original version released on Friday, but was taken out and replaced with a placeholder in the version from this morning. The Chair re-inserted it tonight after protests from developing countries and not receiving any political guidance from the ministerial consultations this morning. The United States wants to insert a new option into the text but developing countries are uncertain about allowing language to be inserted without a formal introduction of the text and due process. Just this minute G77 have begun a large coordination meeting in the corner and seem to be planning something…