Agriculture text imperiled as negotiators begin late-night attempt to reach deal

A draft text of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action (AWG-LCA), to be fine-tuned for eventual adoption by COP16 in a matter of several hours, omits all text on agriculture.

Draft text on agriculture under the section on Cooperative Sectoral Approaches had been at an advanced stage and looked poised for inclusion in the AWG-LCA outcome document just 24 hours ago.

With a number of small technicalities still to be agreed in the AWG-LCA text, COP 16/CMP 6 President H.E. Mrs. Patricia Espinosa this evening urged negotiators to work through the night to reach compromise.

Her statement received a standing applause from delegates, who had gathered in expectation of hearing the final verdict on Cancun’s outcome.

The 16th Conference of Parties (COP16) to the UNFCCC had been scheduled to wrap up this evening. It now looks likely to continue into the weekend.