Adressing the major groups, the Chair and Co-chair of the negotiation committee briefed us on progress: one key issue not yet agreed on is the target on international cooperation and the means of implementation. Looks like this is the real deal; agreeing on a bold target for global financial commitment. There is palpable fear and even intentional manoeuvres to avoid financial commitments. But among the somehow apprehensive and saddening conversation, there is hope down the road to continue lobbying and partnering with our governments for bold and accountable commitments. After the negotiators crawled back into the Tachibana Hall, it is time for CSOs to ramp up our advocacy strategy to ensure we get a better deal for the target on international cooperation!"