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Paris Meet: India Asks Developed Nations to Stick to Agenda, not change it in ‘Last Hour’

 Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting (I/C), Environment, Forest and Climate Change (I/C) and Parliamentary Affairs, Prakash Javadekar launching the Indian Language Internet Alliance, at a function, in New Delhi on November 03, 2014. (PIB Photo)

Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting (I/C), Environment, Forest and Climate Change (I/C) and Parliamentary Affairs, Prakash Javadekar launching the Indian Language Internet Alliance, at a function, in New Delhi on November 03, 2014. (PIB Photo)

In view of the Paris Conference on Climate Change, India has reiterated its demand that the developed nations should pay for the Green Fund as pledged and should not introduce any new agenda at this “late hour” to make it “unsuccessful”.

India’s Environment minister Prakash Javadekar said the convention agenda should be adhered to in the upcoming Paris Meet instead of trying to “rewrite” the convention.

While participating at the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate Change at Luxembourg, the minister said, “We should not forget that what will lapse is the Kyoto Protocol and not the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). We should not try to rewrite the convention. Annexes are part of the convention’s basic structure stemming from historical responsibility of countries,” he said.

India’s proposal is based on “common but differentiated responsibility”, under which it proposes developed countries going faster in the phase down of hydro flouro-carbons and developing countries going slower. Otherwise, it means the sinner should pay more and the developing nations aping them will have to slow down.

India has also demanded the developed nations to pay up their contributions to the global Green Fund and facilitate technology transfer assistance for developing countries.

“Let Paris be an event for celebration of a universal, yet differentiated new agreement, where every country takes action which it determines on its own. Such collective action will address the challenge of climate change,” Javadekar said.

Javadekar argued that the nations should not forget that what will lapse is the Kyoto Protocol and not the UNFCCC. “We should not try to rewrite the Convention. Annexes are part of the Convention’s basic structure stemming from historical responsibility of countries,” he said.

The minister has also appealed the members to let Paris be an event for celebration of a universal, yet differentiated new agreement, where every country takes action on its own. In the past, many countries were not mandated to take any action, he reminded them.

Following the Durban meet, every country will take action on Climate front. In Warsaw, it was decided that countries will formulate their INDCs or actions as per their capacity, available resources and support.

“Nationally Determined Contribution” concept has a far reaching impact for mitigating the challenge of Climate Change as it is not a forced one and leads to a better world, he said.

India has been demanding the developed nations to stick to pre-2020 action plan that makes it voluntary for the developing nations to contribute to the climate change with their plan for INDCs.

The Paris agreement should be rooted in the principles of equity, and means of implementation, which enables the realisation of fair and ambitious goals of development, poverty eradication, as well as climate change, said the minister.

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