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India To Play Hardball At UN Climate Summit

Chetan Chauhan, Hindustan Times

India will play hardball at the United Nations climate summit in New York next week asking rich nations to deliver on their promise to capitalise Green Climate Fund to buy copy rights of clean technologies and have a new climate treaty on the cardinal principles enshrined in Kyoto Protocol and Rio plus 20 outcome document.

Kyoto Protocol is based on the principle that only the rich nations have commitment to reduce global warming causing carbon emission while others can take voluntary action whereas Rio plus 20 speaks of right of the development countries to grow for poverty eradication.

Environment minister Prakash Javadekar will represent India at the global summit in which 120 heads of the states including US President Barack Obama and Russian Premier Vladimir Putin will participate. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had decided not to participate apparently to express India’s displeasure at the UN agreeing to rich nations to host a conference to push for a climate deal. 

“We are against starting a parallel negotiating platform. Our stand is clear that all negotiations regarding climate change should be held under UN framework on climate change (called UNFCCC),” Javadekar said, in a oblique reference to the summit refusing to name it.

India and China will together express their displeasure of UN hosting a parallel climate talks and the two countries have decided to have a joint strategy for the meeting termed as an effort of the rich countries to get endorsement of heads of nations on broad framework of new climate deal.

Detailing India’s agenda for the conference, the minister said the government wants that the new climate treaty to be signed in Paris in 2015 and applicable from 2020 should ensure that it should not act as an impediment for the development countries right to grow economically.

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