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India Calls On Rich Nations To Ratify Second Commitment Period Of Kyoto Protocol

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Vishwa Mohan, The Times of India

India on Friday pitched for early ratification of second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol so that it would be legally binding on rich nations to cut their emissions of climate-damaging greenhouse gases under specified targets till 2020.

Though the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol – an international treaty that is binding on industrialized countries to reduce GHG emissions – began in 2013, it is not yet ratified by the developed countries.

Its first commitment period started in 2008 and ended in 2012 during which 37 developed countries had cut emissions to an average of 5% against 1990 levels under the legally binding treaty.

India made its point for ratification of the second commitment period during meeting of environment minister Prakash Javadekar with the UK secretary of state for energy and climate change Edward Davey here.

Javadekar told Edward that the ratification of second commitment period (2013-2020) of Kyoto Protocol by all parties was “the urgent need of the hour”. He also emphasized on scaling up ambition of reducing GHG emissions during the period.

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