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Will ensure rich countries pay back: Prakash Javadekar

With 43-page draft text, ministerial meeting to start negotiations today.

Written by Amitabh Sinha | Paris | Published: December 7, 2015 1:03 am
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Ahead of the start of second week of climate negotiations where big decisions and compromises need to be made to reach an agreement, India on Sunday said it will ensure that the rich countries “pay back their debt” to the world for having polluted the atmosphere for over 100 years.

In a statement ahead of the ministerial segment of the Paris climate change conference beginning on Monday, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said India was “determined” not to let this conference end like the previous ones on “false optimism”. “We are at this time midway on our journey to reach new climate agreement, but substance wise we are not midway but sometimes at crossroads,” Javadekar said.

“India is determined not to make Paris summit like past summits where we all returned home with false optimism and fictitious hopes. For India, it is a question of present and future lives of our 1.27 billion people with aspirations to develop. India is here to ensure that seminal principle of CBDR is respected, and India is here to ensure that rich countries pay back their debt for overdraft that they have drawn on the carbon space,” he said.

CBDR refers to the Common But Differentiated Responsibilities, a principle that differentiates between developed and developing countries for taking on the burden of cutting greenhouse gas emissions, which is the cause of global warming and resultant climate change.

For the past one week, negotiators in Paris have been trying to finalise a global agreement to facilitate emission reductions. Little progress has been made, however, with all contentious issues remaining unresolved. Most of these require political decisions to be taken, and now that the ministerial segment is due to begin, it is hoped that compromise solutions will be reached in the next couple of days. The conference has to end on Friday, hopefully with the finalisation of an agreement.

Referring to some attempts to introduce provisions, which do not fall within the ambit of the 1994 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), under which the current negotiations are being held, Javadekar said India would not agree to any rewriting of the Convention.

“UNFCCC is a global climate constitution. Any attempt to rewrite or to overwrite will not be acceptable to anybody. Our collective decision should be based on science, CBDR, and collective conscience,” he said.

The main fight in the negotiations so far has been on money, and the construct of a transparency mechanism that will allow every country to see whether everyone else was doing what it had promised to.

The first week of discussions, mainly in small groups, has thrown up a 43-page draft negotiating text.

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  1. Hemen Parekh
    Dec 10, 2015 at 10:59 am
    SAVING CURRENT GENERATION ? Dear Shri Javadekarji : Right now you are in Paris , negotiating the Climate Control deal with 196 nations Rich nations ( who are the root cause of today's looming threat ) , will tell you : " Prakash , You must convince your countrymen not to cut down trees , in order to get some fire-wood . By absorbing Carbon Dioxide and releasing Oxygen , trees are reducing the green-house gases and reducing global warming " I do hope your answer goes somewhat like this : " Big Brothers , In my country , some 400 million poor people will go hungry without food if they cannot use firewood for cooking You are worried about saving the coming generations - your great g children My countrymen need firewood to save themselves from getting extinct thru starvation I am duty-bound to help them But I don't have enough gas stoves , nor enough gas , to give them a subsute The day you gift me 100 million solar powered " Chulas ( Stoves ) " and 100 million power-generating by-cycles ( type Manoj Bhargava has invented ) , I will see to it that not a single tree gets chopped off in India Please come back when you are ready " ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- hemen parekh 10 Dec 2015 B2BmessageBlaster
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      J N
      Dec 7, 2015 at 4:17 pm
      If we had such daring Honest.upright,visionary fearless politicians ,as Hon Prakash Javadekar under B J P,concerned about India and billions of poor in India,above all for all the poverty stricken Countries,Under Decades of Congress Rule, we would have forced the rich White Nations and U S A whose most leaders are full of Racism and have hatred to wards blacks and brown, to give up hypocrisy, and pay back the Billions and billions to benefit all the nations including their own But one Thing have to be considered white Nations full of greed and war monging may even sacrifice their own low strata potion ,for their obsession to control others directly or indirectly to prosper by selling arms for conflicts rather than peace How Mr Prakash Javadekar will overcome their Psychological mental make up , when west and u S A will Pollute the World Atmosphere thousands times more' for the next world war with Russia in the effort to control its Oil Fields? by Dr Jagindar N Gadhok
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        M.S.Badrinarayanan
        Dec 7, 2015 at 1:15 am
        Better we talk less, do whatever we can with utmost sincerity.
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        1. Anand Ch
          Dec 7, 2015 at 2:15 am
          It is not time for ping pong diplomacy. Delhi is already out and before other cities become dangerous, do some thing.
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            Sujata
            Dec 7, 2015 at 7:12 am
            shut up- see the safefety of the women , this country knows only to act greedy but also rapist to roan freely .
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