India to push agenda of sustainable lifestyle at global climate meet

At the Marrakech Climate Change Conference scheduled to be held from November 7 to 18, nations will continue their work on strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:November 6, 2016 10:49 am
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India will push the agenda of sustainable lifestyle at the upcoming global climate conference at Marrakech in Morocco, apart from focussing on the issue of mobilising finances, which has been its “overriding” concern, to tackle climate change.

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At the Marrakech Climate Change Conference scheduled to be held from November 7 to 18, nations will continue their work on strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, with the central focus placed on enhancing ambition, promoting implementation and providing support.

“The importance of sustainable lifestyle anchored for the first time in the climate change agreement was a big victory
for India. India has always followed a path of sustainable lifestyle which is based on the principle of need-based
consumption. India will continue to push this agenda of sustainable lifestyle at Morocco CoP.

“Enhanced pre-2020 action and mobilising finance in both pre-2020 and post-2020 period remains an overriding concern for India and the group of developing countries. Access to adequate and predictable climate finance especially from funds under the Convention, is needed for successful implementation of the Paris Agreement,” the Environment Ministry said.

At the same time, India will also stress the urgency to take adaptation action. Adaptation in the agriculture sector from the point of view of food security is a key priority for developing countries. India will also push operationalisation and meaningful outcomes from the new bodies set up under the Paris agreement which includes technology framework and Paris committee on capacity building.

While developing the implementation arrangements for the Paris Agreement, any guidance must respect the Convention’s principle of Common But Differentiated Responsibilities and Respective Capabilities, the Ministry said.
The Paris agreement came into force yesterday, 30 days after the date on which at least 55 signatory countries to the Convention accounting for a minimum of 55 per cent of the total global greenhouse gas emissions deposited their instruments of ratification.

The Paris agreement’s central aim is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a
global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to
limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius.