Two days past deadline, COP 20 negotiators came to an agreement last Sunday at the General Army Headquarters of San Borja in Lima.
“As a text it’s not perfect, but it includes the positions of the parties,” said head of Peruvian Ministry of the Environment Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, who presided over the talks. He announced the feat at approximately 1:25 a.m. Sunday morning to a joyous round of applause.
The text calls for all countries, large and small, to cut emissions. The deal is said to have brushed over many contentious issues and left many questions unanswered. However, the officially entitled five-page text, Lima Call for Climate Action, did accomplish one big step.
“I think for the first time ever the world can contemplate a global deal applicable to all and Lima has helped that process,” said the United Kingdom Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Ed Davey.
The draft text will be taken to Paris, COP 21, next year to be signed and finalized by member nations.
As the negotiators understand they have yet to solve many issues, subtle relief and rest was felt by the members as the text was completed after an arduous two weeks of drafting and endless discussion. “It has been a great pleasure working with you [participants],” said Pulgar-Vidal.
With approximately 15,000 attendees from 195 member nations convening in the Peruvian capital from Dec. 1-12, Lima succesfully held its largest international event in history. International energy leaders completed the talks and a text committing all to the global cause