Climate Change

COP 22: India urges developed nations to adhere to the principle of 'Climate Justice'

Environment minister Anil Madhav Dave says developed nations need to provide effective finance, technology transfer and capacity building support

By Shreeshan Venkatesh
Published: Thursday 17 November 2016
Reports suggest that increasing human demand on earth’s ecosystems will exceed its carrying capacity by about 75 per cent by 2020. Credit: Takver / Flicker

Indian environment minister Anil Madhav Dave addressed heads of states and dignitaries of parties of the COP assembled in Marrakesh for the COP22 climate summit on November 16. The minister, stating India's position and progress with regards to climate action at the joint high level segment, highlighted country’s commitment to developing clean and renewable energy and pointed out that realisation of financial commitments made under the convention for both the pre- and post-2020 period remains a concern for developing countries.

The minister drew attention to the lack of progress on the part of developed nations on pre- 2020 action as mandated by the Kyoto Protocol and the Doha Amendment of 2012. "We have already initiated the process to develop Implementation Plan for our NDCs in post 2020 period and are confident that we will be able to achieve our goals. However, I am of the view that it is absolutely critical and necessary that equal focus is given to Pre -2020 actions by developed countries under Kyoto Protocol and that they provide effective Finance, Technology Transfer and Capacity building support to developing countries," he said in his address.

The minister, invoking Gandhi, called for simple living in the interest of the planet and humanity. "Scientific reports show that increasing human demand on the earth’s ecosystems will exceed its carrying capacity by about 75 per cent by 2020. Small changes in our everyday lives, by moderating our lifestyles and encouraging sustainable consumption and production patterns will contribute in a big way," he said.

The minister concluded his address by advocating an adherence to the principle of 'Climate Justice' by considering the needs of the poor and most vulnerable while deciding on the paths of climate action.

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