The first round of climate negotiations this year, held in February in Geneva, ended successfully as governments agreed on a negotiating text for the 2015 Paris agreement. Welcoming this achievement, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres said “The text was constructed in full transparency. This means that although it has become longer, countries are now fully aware of each other’s positions.” The next step is for negotiators to narrow down options and reach consensus on the content. The focus is now on the Bonn Climate Change Conference in June, where formal work and negotiations on the text will continue.
18 May – 2015 Paris Negotiating Text Set for Further Refinement