18th November - COP22 day 12 - A final summary
What can we take home from this implementation COP? Marrakesh was always going to be about the process of translating the Paris agreement into a detailed blueprint for action. Few of the thorny issues were wrapped up. Progress is expected to be reviewed in 2017, although exactly how is subject to further discussion. Parties agreed to continue to discuss finance and the future of the Adaptation Fund. And plans further work plans. Curiously, the host of the next COP was only settled at the end with Fiji taking the role albeit using the facilities in Bonn.
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