The Geneva Negotiating Text (GNT) is the outcome of the ADP2.8 session (Geneva, February 2015), where the ADP Co-chairs “opened” the text adopted in Lima (37 pages) for the addition of new paragraphs from Parties who felt unsatisfied by that version. The GNT (>80 pages) is therefore the result of this process, and it will be kept as the only official document until Paris COP21.
Meanwhile, a “copy” of the GNT known as “Streamlined and Consolidated Text” (SCT) is constantly updated with progress made at every ADP session. Once in Paris, Parties will decide whether to accept the SCT as new official text or to go back to the original GNT.
For the ADP2.10 (August/September) session, the ADP Co-chairs received the mandate to elaborate the first separation between paragraphs of the GNT (SCT) that are, by their nature, obviously appropriate for an Agreement and for a COP Decision. Uncertain paragraphs are left in a third section, for further discussion and clarification with Parties.
Below an infographic outlining the separation proposed by the Co-chairs in their latest info note: