Friday, November 18, 2011

India will stick to equity in climate talks: Natarajan

Nitin Sethi in the Times of India: Historical responsibility and equity are at the heart of India's international climate change stance again. Environment minister Jayanthi Natarajan stated that India would insist on unconditional commitments under Kyoto Protocol II by the developed countries and would not agree to talks on a new legally binding deal at Durban.

Natarajan's first elaborate public statement on climate change set the tone for India's position at the upcoming Durban climate talks. She said India and other developing countries had walked the extra mile over the last two years - at Copenhagen and Cancun - as part of confidence building measures but the developed world had done little in return.

"The effort in the last few years has been aimed at giving the issue of historical emissions a quiet burial and refashioning a regime that is anchored in current emissions rather than cumulative emissions... this is unscientific," she said. "My fervent hope is that better sense will prevail at Durban," she added.

The minister was speaking at a briefing for South Asian journalists by Centre for Science and Environment on Thursday.

"There is a consistent attempt to hold Kyoto Protocol hostage to a new legally binding agreement. A long-term binding agreement cannot be a quid pro quo for a second commitment period of Kyoto Protocol," she said. "A new legally binding agreement is not required for talks to continue because the principles of equity and common but differentiated responsibilities already exist in the UN convention and the protocol," she added....

A Renault-Nissan Alliance factory in Chennai, shot by Autophotographer, Wikiimedia Commons, under the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication

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