Talks go be­hind closed doors

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - World -

When I was in Mar­rakech, Morocco, last Novem­ber cov­er­ing the cli­mate talks, I felt I could hardly move my eyes from the hun­dreds of pro­test­ers ex­press­ing their anger in and out­side the venue of the talks.

It was not dif­fi­cult at all to find some­thing in­ter­est­ing to write about — there were protests, meet­ings and pa­rades al­most ev­ery day.

Del­e­gates re­sponded to my emailed in­ter­view in­quiries on the US with­drawal al­most im­me­di­ately. All of this kept me in a con­stant state of ex­cite­ment.

But it seems this year’s con­fer­ence in Bonn is a lot more peace­ful.

With a sign “for staff mem­bers only” taped to the door of US del­e­ga­tion’s of­fice, the door is al­most al­ways closed.

Shift in fo­cus

It seems peo­ple have shifted the fo­cus away from the “noise”.

And that has en­cour­aged me to fo­cus more on the ne­go­ti­a­tion progress — what are the dis­putes be­tween dif­fer­ent par­ties and what progress has been made.

While hav­ing to wait un­til the end of next week to get the fi­nal re­sults, I am guess­ing there might be more fruit­ful re­sults when the meet­ing does fi­nally end.

The dead­line for com­ing out with a rule book on im­ple­ment­ing the Paris Agree­ment is right there. There are ex­ist­ing com­mit­ments and obli­ga­tions which must be met.

Only more con­crete steps will be help­ful to fill the gap left by the United States.

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