A number of country representatives – Nigeria, Palau, the Philippines and Turkey – have now all spoken saying that although they see imperfections, they broadly support the text.
The Japanese delegate is enthusiastic by the standards of COP speeches. He lauds the “tremendous results” here in Glasgow, and calls it a “brave new start”. The developing nations do not see it that way.
Alok Sharma now politely asking countries only to make new points – he wants to get this done.
The Maldives delegate delivers a bittersweet speech in accepting the deal. It is an “incremental step forward [and] not in line with the progress needed. It will be too late for the Maldives”. “This deal does not bring hope to our hearts,” she said.
“We are putting our homes on the line while other [nations] decide how quickly they want to act. The Maldives implores you to deliver the resources we need to address the crisis in small islands in time.” “This is a matter of survival.”
Brazil, widely seen as an environmental villain under its president, Jair Bolsonaro, talked of “crossing the finish line” – we must be getting close to the end of COP. The representative said they did not get what they wanted in the carbon trading rules, but that while the deal “is not perfect, it is workable”.
John Kerry speaks for the US now. He points out that if it’s a good negotiation then all the parties will be uncomfortable, and this, he thinks, has been a good negotiation. The US is poised to accept the text: “This is good, this is a powerful statement.”
He adds assurance that the US will engage constructively in dialogue on loss and damage and on adaptation. “It is time to come together for our future generations in a way that many of us really never thought we’d have a way to do,” he says.
Cop26 agreement ‘looking likely’ today
There is pretty unanimous backing for the text, meaning Cop26 is looking likely to finish today. Grenada’s delegate calls the text “imperfect” but calls for it to be adopted. “It is the best chance at this moment to keep 1.5C – we must move forward today. Then let us continue the fight tomorrow and in the days, months and years ahead until the job is done.”
Australia have spoken now (they won fossil of the conference yesterday) and said that they support the text. They highlight a few things that will need to be discussed – they’re particularly concerned about transparency, and making sure that rules are finalised. But they look forward, they say, to working with others.
Peru, who spoke just before them, have also accepted the text – they are also speaking on behalf of Chile, Colombia and a number of other Latin American countries.
Bhutan’s delegate describes the huge loss and damage harming her country already and her disappointment over the lack of a loss and damage facility. But, she says:
At this hour it is the time to unite around our shared commitment [to act on climate change]. The [deal] is not enough but we can take an incredibly important step forward today.
The representative from Bolivia says they still have issues and deep concerns about the text, but they have reflected deeply and “in the spirit of compromise we are able to support the document”. He goes on to raise a number of concerns, particularly around loss and damage. He says, also, that net zero is an illusion. “Real cuts are needed.”
Costa Rica keeps it simple: “It’s not the perfect package, but it’s the possible package.” The representative raises a couple of points. But this is a deal, she says, they can live with.
Switzerland grumbles but says it will accept the deal on the table in the spirit of compromise. “It is not abnormal that we have a COP text that leaves everyone a little unhappy, but we are afraid people are more than a little unhappy.”