“The document is approved,” announced President of the United Nations climate talks meeting Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, who is also the Environment Minister of Peru, after hectic negotiations for about two weeks in the Peruvian capital in Lima.

Commenting on the draft, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said, “All of India’s concerns have been addressed.”

“We have achieved targets and we got what we wanted,” he said after the delegates approved a broad blueprint for talks leading up to a deal in 2015, to take effect in 2020.

The adoption of the draft was seen as a significant first step towards reaching a global climate change deal in Paris — although delegates feel much of the hard work remained ahead.

The deal — dubbed the Lima Call for Climate Action — paves the way for what is envisioned as the historic agreement in environmental history.

The draft mentioned only that all pledges would be reviewed a month ahead of December 2015 Paris summit to assess their combined effect on climate change.

Mr. Pulgar-Vidal, who had spent entire day meeting separately with delegations, presented the new draft just before midnight, saying “as a text it’s not perfect, but it includes the positions of the parties.”

The negotiators were given an hour to review the revised draft text. The revised draft has added a line in the preamble regarding “loss and damages” provisions which many small island developing states had requested.

The main plenary was reconvened at 1:30 am local time and Mr. Pulgar-Vidal announced that the draft text has been approved.

Consistent with India and other developing countries push, a separate paragraph was added regarding differentiation — the principle of categorising countries based on their ability to pay for climate action measures.

It reads that any Paris 2015 agreement should reflect “the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities, in light of different national circumstances.”

The last portion was lifted directly from the US-China climate agreement announced in November of this year.

"I think this is good, and I think this moves us forward," Pulgar-Vidal said.

For the first time, China, whose emissions have overtaken the US, as well as India, Brazil and other rising economies have agreed to cut their own emissions.

As agreed in the draft, countries would come up with their own emissions reductions targets, with a suggested deadline of March 31 next year.

The draft does not contain any information about an ex-ante review process of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), instead leaving it up to individual countries.

It does outline that all INDCs should contain all of the following elements: "mitigation, adaptation, finance, technology transfer and development...capacity-building, and transparency."

The new date for submission of these INDCs has been moved from June 2015 to October 2015 as many countries had asked for more time.

Noting that "differentiation was key", Javadekar said India was satisfied that a paragraph containing that information was included in the approved text.

He acknowledged that the text "does not satisfy everyone" but said it was a good building block for a comprehensive Paris 2015 agreement.

The ADP session will continue from February 8, 2015 in Geneva to continue the negotiating process in a series of meetings throughout the year leading up to Paris.

BBC quoted Sam Smith, chief of climate policy for the environmental group WWF, as saying that, "The text went from weak to weaker to weakest and it's very weak indeed."

The talks followed an agreement between the US and China on emissions targets, but hopes soon faded after delegates began the talks in Lima on December 1 that it would encourage wider global agreement.

On Saturday, US climate envoy Todd Stern had warned that the deadlock in the negotiations threatened the chances of a new global deal next year.

"Failing to produce the decision before us will be seen as a major breakdown, and will deal a serious blow to the confidence of the parties and others as we approach Paris. And indeed to the hope of a Paris agreement," he had said.

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