CARICOM negotiators at the UN Climate Change conference, COP 21, in Paris, France were on Thursday awaiting the penultimate draft of the Paris outcome agreement to assess the extent to which their key issues and concerns are represented.

Conference organizers on Wednesday released a preliminary draft which formed the basis for all night deliberations.

CARICOM negotiators who met on Wednesday to review the draft text and strategize for the remaining negotiations expressed concerns on several key issues.

At the top of the list is the long term temperature issue, on which CARICOM continues to stress that the goal should be to hold temperature rises to less than 1.5 degrees Celsius and to insist that some of the alternative options proposed in the draft text were not acceptable.

The Region also noted the lack of agreement on recognition of the special circumstances of Small Island and low-lying Developing States (SIDS).



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