Last week, I was in Margarita Island, Venezuela, for the “social pre-COP”: a warm-up meeting to next month’s climate talks in Lima.
On the final day, there was a closed door (or at least closed tent) ministerial meeting, as at most normal pre-COPs. With the negotiations closed to us, civil society met to debrief and evaluate. The consensus, and the very clear consensus, was that the ministerial dialogue went very well.
Venezuela has opened us a door. Now it is up to us to decide what kind of room we go on into.