Posted by Daniel, political advisor at the Bali International Conference Centre
Everyone is just as tired as yesterday, but the conference centre today is alive with activity and adrenalin. The end game has started. And the shape of the final deal is slowly but surely emerging .... The politics is also getting more interesting: German environment minister Gabriel gave the negotiations a boost by committing to a unilateral, domestic reduction of Germany's emissions by 40% by 2020. I have been working on Germany having such a progressive target for as long as I can remember. (Minus 40% by 2020 was in the position paper I wrote for the climate negotiations in 2000!) Now, finally, we have it! Of course, Germany can only deliver that target, if it stops supporting new coal-fired power plants in Germany ... That's the fight for 2008! - Ministers last night restarted the negotiations on bringing clean technologies to developing countries. (The collapse of which had rightly angered developing countries on Tuesday night. ) We will know soon whether bureaucrats do better this time than on Tuesday ... - Meanwhile, the US is still trying to block everything (and some ministers have been seen looking really depressed, after talking to the US ...). It is clear that they are trying to destroy the United Nations process, something which the rest of the world must simply not allow. Bush does not represent Americans. And whatever comes out of Bali, when government have to sign the dotted line on the future of the Kyoto Protocol in 2009, the President of the United States will NOT be Bush! - So, back to chasing the latest text and fighting like hell that Bali agrees a substantive, real action plan. Wish us luck!