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Modi Raises ‘Common but Differentiated Responsibilities’, Developed Nations’ Leaders Find it Tough at Paris

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has maintained that the rich nations should pay for the riches they have reaped over the last two centuries while developing nations should be allowed their due to grow and that it would be “morally wrong” to burden them with reducing emissions.

Upholding India’s principle of common but differentiated responsibilities, he said this should form the foundation of the collective enterprise. “Anything else would be morally wrong,” he wrote in the Opinion section of British daily ‘Financial Times’ on Monday.“The lifestyles of a few must not crowd out opportunities for the many still on the first steps of the development ladder.”

Reiterating that the developed nations should fulfil “their duty to shoulder the greater burden of the fight against climate change,” he said the rich nations have harped on prosperity on fossil fuel at a time when humanity was unaware of its impact. Now they squarely put the responsibility of all nations to bear the responsibility equally, he reminded.

“Just because technology exists does not mean it is affordable and accessible… Justice demands that, with what little carbon we can still safely burn, developing countries are allowed to grow… The lifestyles of a few must not crowd out opportunities for the many still on the first steps of the development ladder,” he wrote.

Pitching for solar power, Modi said technology should be made available to the developing nations to make solar power affordable for them. Prime Minister Modi is in Paris to attend the climate summit to bring down global fossil fuel emissions below 2 degrees Celsius of pre-industrial temperatures.

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