NEW DELHI: India today cautioned the developed nations against introduction of any new agenda at this “late hour” if they want to make the crucial climate change conference in Paris scheduled for later this year a “success”.
Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said that the convention should not be “rewritten” and appealed to the nations to make the Paris conference an event for celebration of a universal yet differentiated new agreement, where every country takes action which it determines on its own.
“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.
“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 while making an intervention at the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate Change at Luxembourg today.
He was reacting to suggestions from some countries that “Annexes” should not be reflected in the new agreement as Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) will themselves result in differentiation through self differentiation.
He said that earlier many countries were not mandated to take any action and the new “climate awareness” made all countries to commit to some action.