Whereas we still see a major focus on specific wordings in the text draft and the negotiations are still moving slow, we do – as the day is soon coming to an end – see some improvement from yesterday. The state delegates participating in the different negotiations do now show some signs of speeding somewhat up their glacial pace. It may have something to do with overcoming some of the logistic problems of yesterday, for example the lack of internet connections in several negotiation rooms.

We have mainly been following the IFSD Splinter Group negotiations today. As yesterday, not much progress has been done, but at least now the problem is that people don’t really agree, as opposed to yesterday where people just didn’t say anything.

G-77/China delegates during the IFSD discussions. Photo: iisd

The negotiatiors has been more more willing to show their strength today, but although they get stuck quite often (as the case often is between G77 and other parties), there is also sometimes signs of flexibility.

We have now finally succeeded in getting into the agriculture negotiations. Agriculture is one of Spire’s main priorities, and we are especially concerned about the right to food, fair food trading systems and agriculture for development and environment. The agriculture splinter group negotiations have a far lighter feel about it than the IFSD. It may have something to do with the fact that it is a witty american being the Chair, but it also may be that the room is smaller and more informal. Either way, there is a more optimistic feel in the discussions here, and we do see that they move forward in the text. Norway and the US are most visible in the discussions. There has now been a long discussion about the right to food. That, however, did not seem to be resolved. We will try to work with MG of farmers on the agriculture points.

We are excited about what will happen tomorrow – will the negotiations speed up when the delegates feel the press of time, or will the ambitions be kept low and the negatiations keep on going until the 20th? Either way, we will let you know.

Posing with the UN flag

By the way, for more information on what happened yesterday, read the IISD earth bulletin.

Best regards,

– Mari Gjengedal