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India, allies demand differentiation back in rulebook for climate change

India, the Africa Group, gulf countries, and the G77+China group took a tough stance at the Katowice change talks on ensuring the principle of equity and common but differentiated responsibilities

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An exhibition of India at the venue of the COP24 UN Climate Change Conference, in Katowice on Thursday. (photo: reuters)

Nitin Sethi
India, the Africa Group, Gulf countries, and the G77+China group took a tough stance at the Katowice change talks on ensuring the principle of equity and common but differentiated responsibilities (CBDR) operationalised in the rulebook to the Paris Agreement.

Ravi Shankar Prasad, India’s lead negotiator at the talks, warned that if developed countries did not agree to the relatively softer language of the Paris Agreement on differentiation to be reflected in the rulebook, India would push for reverting to the more stringent form of differentiation that the mother convention: the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change contains.

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First Published: Dec 07 2018 | 7:54 PM IST

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