India endorses outcome text of COP 21

Saturday 12 December 2015

Environment minister Prakash Javadekar said all the points raised by the Indian delegation had been included in the text

India has endorsed the outcome text of the Conference of Parties (COP 21) released in Paris on Saturday. The text sets a binding 2 degrees Celsius target for increase in the global temperatures. According to various reports, Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar said that all the points raised by the Indian delegation had been included in the text.

Speaking to NDTV, Javadekar added that the principle of Common But Differentiated Responsibilities (CBDR) for the Parties had been applied to all the pillars of climate action—mitigation, adaptation, finance, capacity building, technology and transparency.

As per the Paris climate agreement, all countries will now pursue efforts take action to keep temperature rise to 1.5 degrees over the pre-industrial levels. The agreement comes after negotiations involving 196 member states of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and civil society organisations.

According to reports, developed countries such as the United States, Norway, Mexico and 100 other nations, including small island ones, were pushing for stringent transparency measures and norms and 1.5 degrees Celsius target in the final rounds of the negotiations. While the draft has recognised the 1.5 degrees target, CBDR as proposed by developing countries such as India have been adopted for all the Parties. Later on Saturday evening, the text will be adopted for the final Paris agreement on climate change.

 

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