INDIA: The threat of climate change is looming large on the world. Thus, the climate crisis needs immediate action. Climate action in developing countries is dependent on the support from developed countries under the Paris Agreement, India reiterated on Monday in a UN meeting.
Union Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav attended a virtually closed-door meeting on climate crisis with United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. At the meeting, he called upon the developed countries to fulfill their promise of the USD 100 billion per year goal made in 2009.
“COP26 should focus on climate finance in scope, scale and speed, and transfer of green technologies at a low cost,” he said.
Yadav emphasized the need for upholding the principles of the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) process for a successful outcome in any climate change negotiations.
Yadav talked about the concrete actions that India has been taking. He also mentioned the 450 GW of renewable energy by 2030, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“Crucial climate actions on the finance, mitigation, and adaptation required for tackling the climate crisis were discussed at the meeting,” the environment ministry said.
“In light of the recent IPCC report findings, the latest UNFCCC Synthesis Report, and the fact that developed countries have collectively emitted more than their estimated emission allowances in the 2008-2020 period, they should take greater climate action on mitigation and provide financial support to developing countries,” Yadav said.
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The meeting was convened by the UN Secretary-General with select leaders ahead of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP26). The conference is scheduled to be held in Glasgow in November.