India calls for second commitment from 2013

 30 Nov 2012 - 4:32


Meera Maharishi (left), Special Secretary at the Indian Ministry of Environment and Forest, and R R Rashmi, Joint Secretary at the Ministry, at the QNCC yesterday.  Salim Matramkot

DOHA:  The implementation of the Durban package is essential for the success of the Doha Conference. The second commitment period of Kyoto Protocol should be implemented from January 1 next year and also be ratifiable, India said yesterday.

Addressing reporters yesterday, Meera Maharishi, Special Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forest, India, said the period and its targets should be legally binding and should leave no gap between the first and the second commitment period. 

“In light of the agreement on Durban Platform, there should not be any gap between the conclusion of the second commitment period and the beginning of the post-2020 arrangements. We are disappointed, however, that the developed countries are in the process of locking in low ambitions under this second commitment period. We call on them to raise their level of ambition consistent with what is required by science and the principles of the Convention, including the principles of equity and CBDR. It is necessary that an adequate mechanism is agreed to ensure higher QELROs by the Annex I Parties to the KP so that we keep their pledges under constant review,” Meera said. 

The Indian official said her country needs to ensure that the outstanding issues being discussed in the LCA are addressed  comprehensively and brought to a successful closure. That will address what we have set out to in the Bali Action Plan. What cannot be concluded here should be taken to appropriate bodies under the UNFCCC for further discussion thereby ensuring that no issue of the LCA and the Bali Action Plan falls of the table. Among the important issues India need to address includes finance and technology related issues. 

“We need certainty on the Long Term Finance and a road map for scaling up finance to $100bn by 2020 as committed by our developed country partners. Equity remains central to the discourse on climate change and will be integral to the discussions in the Durban Platform. We underline the importance of technology related IPRs and unilateral measures. We hope Doha will witness progress on these and other important issues, including those related to adaptation and capacity building,” she said.

India is convinced that the Durban Platform is under the Convention and all the principles and provisions of the Convention, especially the principles of equity and CBDR will apply. 

“We are of the view that the question of ambition under the Durban Platform should be wide in scope to include the flows of technology and finance and should be addressed in light of the inputs available from KP and LCA working groups,” Maharishi said. 

India has already taken ambitious actions at the national level through our national action plan on climate change. 

“We have a domestic mitigation goal of reducing our emission intensity of output by 20 percent to 25 percent by 2020 compared to 2005. We are committed to achieving this on the basis of resources that would be available to us in course of our Five Year Plans,” she said. 

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