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Developed world must honour climate commitments: India

Press Trust of India  |  Le Bourget (France)/New Delhi 

India today asked the developed world to 'walk the talk' and honour its pre-2020 commitments in the fight against climate change and joined Brazil, China and South Africa in seeking a clear roadmap in this regard.

As the rich-poor divide dominated crucial talks in France to limit global warming, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar while spelling out India's stand asserted that India will be flexible and a facilitator in finding a solution instead of being a part of the climate change problem.

He also said that the developed world must take up a fair share of their responsibility and allow a fair share of atmospheric space (carbon space) to the developing world for ensuring equality in development.

"India is looking positively to the final outcome from Paris and India will be flexible and show the world that though India is not part of the problem, still is facilitator for the solution," Javadekar, who returned from France after attending the official opening of the climate change talks, told PTI in Delhi.

Javadekar said the need of the hour is that the developed world "must walk the talk, must come out with more ambitious numbers for their pre-2020 commitment" and come out with a separate subhead to their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), as today's INDCs of developed world subsumes their pre-2020 targets.

Endorsing India's view, the other three countries in four-country BASIC bloc asked developed nations to define a clear roadmap for providing USD 100 billion by 2020 to tackle climate change.

In the pre-2020 period, the rich countries are required to provide financial support to the tune of USD 100 billion a year, and were also committed to provide technology to developing countries to address climate change.

A statement issued by China in the climate summit plenary on behalf of BASIC countries, a bloc of four large newly industrialised countries -- Brazil, South Africa, India and China, extended support for a transparent and party driven process at the 12-day conference.

The statement said that BASIC will work pragmatically with all other parties for an equitable and balanced climate agreement.

It said that the agreement should be as per all the principles and provisions of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) especially equity and common but differentiated responsibilities (CBDR). It asserted that differentiation should be there in each element of the Paris agreement.

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First Published: Thu, December 03 2015. 00:42 IST