Port of Spain: Ahead of the Copenhagen Summit
on climate change, India today said the meeting should make
all efforts to come out with a "legally binding substantive"
outcome on tackling the pressing global challenge and
disapproved of any attempt to give up and defer a decision as
is being mulled by some developed countries.
Prime Minister`s Special Envoy on Climate Change Shyam
Saran said here that even if no consensus is reached at
Copenhagen next month, efforts should continue with an aim of
concluding within time-bound manner the negotiations as
mandated by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
The issue of climate change is going to dominate the
Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) here which is
being attended by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
The 53-nation grouping of former British colonies, which
include developed, developing and under-developed countries,
is expected to come out with a communique pressing for early
decision on tackling the problem of climate change.
The CHOGM, also to be attended by UN Secretary General
Ban Ki Moon and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, can send out
a message for the Copenhagen meet, with an objective of
influencing the negotiators to reach a decision.
Talking about the urgency, Saran said countries like
Maldives even faced the threat of extinction if temperature
witnesses an increase. He expected the Least Developed
Countries of Commonwealth to make a stronger pitch for urgent