This is the negotiation that never ends. Yes it goes on and on my friends.

I currently sit in the back of the room of today’s seventh hour of an ADP draft decision text negotiation.IMG_5420 The delegates have been working tirelessly for the past week to refine this decision before the ADP is set to close tomorrow. The meeting I am attending is only half of the battle. Another equally large group of delegates is currently editing another set of paragraphs from the same decision, those focused on the Workstream 1 or “the Paris agreement.”

Despite the dragging pace, progress is being made. Before entering negotiations in this COP, developed country parties were largely unwilling to include adaptation as a key part of closing the pre-2020 ambition gap. Over the course of these sessions, more and more developed country parties are placing equal importance on adaptation as they are on mitigation.