COP18 Live: Latest news from Day 6 of Doha climate summit

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Today’s headlines:

Ambition: A joint statement from the Association of Small Island States, the Least Developed Countries, and Africa has raised concerns that the talks are “falling short” of what was agreed in Durban. The signatories make the following demands:

-The second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol should be for a length of five-years to avoid locking-in insufficient mitigation ambition
-The use of surplus units from the first commitment period must be dramatically curbed in the second commitment period to protect the environmental integrity of the treaty
-Parties must reaffirm that legally binding QELROS inscribed in Annex B for the second commitment period are required for all Annex I Parties wishing to participate in the Kyoto Protocol flexible mechanisms.
Annex 1 countries that are not parties to the Kyoto Protocol must also take more ambitious and comparable mitigation commitments under the LCA

Kyoto deadlock: Demands from small island states for greater short-term climate ambition from the European Union risk stalling negotiations in Doha, according to observers RTCC has spoken to. And there are growing concerns that countries who have little interest in these talks succeeding are using these fears to split the ‘Durban Alliance’ of the EU, Association of Small Island States (AOSIS) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs).

Historic march: Qatar witnessed the first (legal) protest march in its history this morning as hundreds of activists, campaigners and regular citizens, called on Arab nations to make emission reduction pledges.

Deadlock revisited: The long running dispute in the LCA track of talks looks set to repeat itself today. Negotiators reacted in opposite extremes to a text produced by LCA chair Ayser Tayeb earlier in the week. After a round of issue by issue meetings, Tayeb announced he would draft another text due out on Saturday to form a new basis for negotiation.

Finance: It has always been a contentious issue and a central part of negotiations in Doha. As week one winds down, governments are now looking to the arrival of ministers on Monday for further progress. Decisions on rich countries’ transparency regarding donations thus far, future sources of finance and a new mechanism for loss and damage have progressed as far as they can without intervention from the higher ups.

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