India asks the developed countries to do more to combat climate change

27th Oct 2015
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India said that developed nations should come out with more ambitious climate action plans and hoped the coming climate change summit in Paris does not end up in failure. “We want equitable and just climate agreement in Paris. We do not want Paris to fail. We will try hard till the end that collective wisdom prevails. The recent third party review by NGOs alliance has brought out a clear picture that India and developing countries have done more than its capacity in their INDC and developed countries have done less.


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“We expect more ambitious action plans from the developed world so that we maintain the temperature rise below 2 degrees. India is walking a sustainable path but we are on a growth trajectory. So we want more carbon space and that must be provided by those who have occupied that space for the last 150 years,” Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said. He said this during an online discussion “MyGov Talk” on in collaboration with Google that focussed on climate change in the run-up to the Conference of Parties (CoP21) in Paris from November 30 to December 11 this year.

He said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has brought this debate on the table that discussions are made about lifestyle issues, sustainable development path of consumption and also climate justice as poor countries are suffering which is why Paris summit “must” deliver “climate justice”. Javadekar said that the five-day session in Bonn recently was a “classic” example where the G-77 plus China and African grouping countries dominated and “marshalled” out “old, inequitable and very lopsided” draft agreement.

“This was a classic example that G-77 plus China and African country groupings have dominated and marshalled out the old, inequitable and very lopsided draft. Now the new text contains all elements and principles and also many rational suggestions by countries. This was a basic improvement needed,” he said. At the end of the Bonn round of climate talks, the proposals from all countries were compiled in a 55-page document which will be the draft text that will form the basis of the negotiations in Paris.

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