Climate justice demands that developing countries get their fair share of carbon space

India Prime Minister Narender Modi was direct about  putting forward the demands of developing countries at COP 21

 
By Arnab Pratim Dutta
Published: Tuesday 01 December 2015

Indian Prime Minister Narender Modi on Monday called for a global climate change treaty to be based on equity and common but differentiated responsibility. Addressing a plenary session at COP 21, the annual climate change conference in Paris, the Indian Prime Minister said that anything less would be morally wrong.

The Prime Minister who along with 140 other heads of states is on a one-day visit to Paris to help  pen together a new treaty that will keep global temperature below 2 ° Celsius, had a whirlwind of a day as he addressed three meetings, released two books and conducted  bilateral interactions with other heads of states including US President Barak Obama, French President, François Hollande, Japanese Prime Minsiter Shinzo Abe, and UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon. Modi also found time to launch a new renewable energy initiative called the Global Solar Alliance along with Hollande.

But in the speech before the COP plenary, the main reason why he was there, Modi insisted that the developing countries should get their right to emit to so that they could too grow.

“Climate justice demands that, with the little carbon space we still have, developing countries should have enough scope to grow, Modi” said. Modi said that India is heavily investing in renewable energy, but its reliance on fossil fuels will continue in the future for its economic growth.  Talking about climate finance Modi said: we look to the developed countries to mobilize 100 billion US Dollars annually by 2020 for mitigation and adaptation in the developing countries. They must fulfill their commitment in a credible, transparent and meaningful manner.

Modi said that developing countries looked to the developed countries to mobilize 100 billion US Dollars annually by 2020 for mitigation and adaptation. “They must fulfill their commitment in a credible, transparent and meaningful manner. we look to the developed countries to mobilize 100 billion US Dollars annually by 2020 for mitigation and adaptation in the developing countries. They must fulfill their commitment in a credible, transparent and meaningful manner, the Indian premier said..

 Modi and Obama during their Bilateral meeting discussed ways to put in place a lasting framework to address global climate change”, a White House release said.

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