Updated: August 28, 2021 8:45:14 am
Environment ministers of India, Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa participated in the 7th meeting of the BRICS Environment Ministerial, 2021, on Friday and have adopted the ‘New Delhi Statement on Environment’, which is also aimed at furthering the spirit of Cooperation for Continuity, Consolidation and Consensus in Environment among the BRICS Nations, especially ahead of the COP 15 Biodiversity meet in October and COP26 in November.
The countries have agreed to work in close proximity to tackle the challenges of climate change ahead of these two significant meets. The meeting was chaired by Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav.
At the meeting, India stressed on the need for taking concrete collective global actions against the climate challenge, guided by equity, national priorities and circumstances, and the principles of “Common but Differentiated Responsibilities and Respective Capabilities(CBDR-RC)”.
Stressing on the principle of leaving no one behind, and taking into consideration the extraordinary challenges which will be faced by developing countries in meeting their climate goals as well as economic and development goals simultaneously, the countries reiterated the need to “honour the commitments made by developed countries in the pre-2020 period, even as we move into a post-2020 era, including the yearly $100 billion goal for climate finance.”
The BRICS nations have also noted with “grave concern” the proposals for introducing trade barriers, such as unilateral carbon border adjustment, which they have called discriminatory.
Yadav said that India gives great importance to BRICS and said that 2021 is a very crucial year not only for the BRICS but for the whole world as well, “as we have UN Biodiversity COP 15 in October and UNFCCC COP 26 in November” and emphasized that BRICS countries can play a very significant role in addressing the contemporary global challenges of climate change, biodiversity loss, air pollution, marine plastic litter, etc.
Referring to the recent findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group 1 contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report “Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science”, Yadav said that report has given enough, may be the last signal, for taking concrete collective global actions against global environmental and climate challenges.
“BRICS countries being hotspots for biodiversity can tell the world how we have been conserving such mega diversity since time immemorial, and can also play a very significant role in combating the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Yadav.
The countries have agreed to focus on cooperation on waste management observing that the “efficient management of wastes including recovery of energy and secondary raw materials is crucial for resource conservation, healthy ecosystem and quality of life of our people”.
India has launched an initiative of BRICS Resource Efficiency and Circular Economy Dialogue which is to facilitate an exchange of knowledge and best practices on waste management, resource efficiency and circular economy. The countries will also engage in dialogues on construction, agriculture, solar, biofuels, packaging, electronic wastes, food, water and textiles.
The BRICS nations have also identified air pollution, circular economy in the context of sustainable consumption and production, combating marine plastic litter and single use plastic product pollution, forestry, including the prevention and mitigation of forest fires, and conservation of biodiversity – as some of the key areas of focus.
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