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UN hails India, China's climate change fight when 'others are failing'

The G77 is the largest intergovernmental organisation of developing countries in the UN

Press Trust of India  |  United Nations 

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The has hailed and for their leadership role and strong commitment in fighting at a time when "others are failing". Secretary-General said the has a "very solid commitment" for climate action, pointing out that African nations were the biggest victims of the globally changing weather patterns. "We cannot be defeated by and we are not yet winning this battle," he said yesterday at a ceremony in which Egypt took over the chairmanship of the 'Group of 77 (or G77) and China' from Ecuador. "And it is clear to me that the biggest victims of are members of the G77, namely African countries affected by drought or small island countries affected by the kind of hurricanes that we have seen or the rising levels of waters. "But at the same time, of the largest economies of the world the two largest economies of the G77 are strongly committed to the leadership in climate action - and I refer to and India," Guterres was quoted as saying by a statement. "In a moment when others are failing, I see the largest economies of the Group of 77 and to be assuming the leadership in climate action to make sure that we don't suffer the dramatic and devastating impacts of climate change, as unfortunately we are already witnessing and things will get much worse if we are not able to defeat this threat," Guterres said. The G77 is the largest intergovernmental organisation of developing countries in the Established on June 15, 1964, the group today has 134 members includingthird-largestorld's third largest emitter of greenhouse gases. had in 2016 joined the Paris agreement on tackling chief Guterres had on May 31 last year warned world leaders that the impact of could affect food production, water security and weather patterns "from Canada to India". Stating that the "world is in a mess" he had urged the international community to "stay the course" even if one government does not believe in the emissions-cutting deal. Two days later, President Donald had announced America's withdrawal from the Paris Agreement. Arguing that countries like and were benefiting the most from the Paris Agreement, had said that the agreement on was unfair to the US, as it badly hit its businesses and jobs. The is a pact within the Framework Convention on dealing with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance starting in the year 2020.

According to the agreement, each country determines, plans and regularly reports its own contribution it should make in order to mitigate global warming.

First Published: Sat, January 13 2018. 22:43 IST