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Honour past climate commitments: India to developed world

“It is time to look in the mirror. Has the developed world delivered on its promises? Unfortunately, the rich industrialised countries have not met their Kyoto Protocol targets. Neither their NDCs reflect ambitions nor they have shown willingness to enhance their commitments,” said Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar.

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Dec 10, 2019, 10.45 PM IST
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Stressing that tackling climate change would require bridging the gap of past inaction, Javadekar suggested that countries be given time to meet earlier commitments.
MADRID, SPAIN: India says that it is time for climate action and calls on rich industrialised countries to honour past climate commitments.

Addressing the UN climate talks in Madrid, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said, “This is the time for responsible action” and “time for reflection and assessment as we end the pre-2020 period.”

Reiterating India’s commitment to climate action and working in collaboration with other countries to achieve the Paris Agreement goals, Javadekar catalogued India’s efforts to tackle climate change.

He reminded the gathering that India was among the six countries that are on track to achieve their nationally determined contributions (NDCs) submitted in 2015 under the Paris Agreement.

Responding to the calls for increased ambition, Javadekar stressed on the need to ensure that countries were not just promising but also implementing measures to slow down global warming and address the impacts of climate change.

“It is time to look in the mirror. Has the developed world delivered on its promises? Unfortunately, the rich industrialised countries have not met their Kyoto Protocol targets. Neither their NDCs reflect ambitions nor they have shown willingness to enhance their commitments,” said Javadekar.

Stressing that tackling climate change would require bridging the gap of past inaction, Javadekar suggested that countries be given time to meet earlier commitments. “I propose that we have three more years to fulfill pre- 2020 commitments till the global stock take takes places for bridging emission.”

Javadekar also called on countries to ensure that finance and technology required to meet the globally agreed climate goals be provided. “The world that benefited from carbon emissions that made them developed, must repay.”

Drawing attention to the critical issue of finance, he said, “the developed world promised $1 trillion in last 10 years, and not even 2 percent has materialized.” On technology the minister said that technology development and transfer at affordable costs is crucial for developing countries. “If we are dealing with a disaster, nobody should profit from it. So, my proposal is to have more joint research and collaboration, grant finance made available for meeting the targets.”


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