‘India has no obligation to reduce emissions’

  • Date: 24/11/09

India Express: New Delhi – Allaying fears of the Opposition that India could give concessions to developed countries in the Copenhagen summit, the government said on Tuesday that developing countries, including India, have no obligation to reduce green house gas emissions.

“As per the principles of equity and common, but differentiated, responsibilities and respective capabilities of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), developing countries including India have no obligation to reduce green house gas emissions,” Environment and Forests Minister Jairam Ramesh said in the Rajya Sabha.

The minister said this in response to a Calling attention by Brinda Karat (CPI-M) and N K Singh (JDU) on ‘Government’s changing position on climate change’.

Ramesh said the UNFCCC recognises that the economic and social development and poverty eradication are the first and overriding priorities of the developing counties. “In course of meeting the developmental needs, the emissions of developing countries are bound to rise,” he added

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