`India could protect its interests fully at Doha`

Last Updated: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 21:33

New Delhi: The Doha climate talks could not take "ambitious or meaningful decisions" on financing commitments of developed countries, the government today said.

However, India could protect its interests "fully" and succeeded in bringing the three issues of "Equity, Technology-related IPRs (Intellectual Property Rights) and the Unilateral Measures firmly back on the table", it said.

"Among the key concerns which the conference could not address are those relating to financing commitments of developed countries, sectoral actions and the issue of compensation for loss and damage arising from climate change," the government said two days after the conclusion of the Doha conference.

"Despite pitched demand from vulnerable countries, there could be no satisfactory agreement on compensation mechanism for loss and damage resulting from climate change," an official statement said.

According to the government, the key questions at Doha were amending the Kyoto Protocol-- only global agreement that obliges developed nations to cut carbon emissions--, successfully concluding the work of the Bali Action Plan and planning the work under the Durban Platform for enhanced action which was agreed to at Durban last year.

"The conference addressed all the three issues and came out with a package which balanced the interests and obligations of various countries," the statement said.

"The Doha Conference has succeeded in carrying out amendments to the Kyoto Protocol making the second commitment period of emission reduction by Kyoto Protocol parties effective immediately beginning January 1, 2013," it said.

On India`s interests, it said that "the reassertion" of the principle of Equity and CBDR (Common but differentiated responsibilities) which have "remained muted since Copenhagen" was the single biggest gain from Doha.

"The Conference has explicitly recognised that the action of parties will be based on equity and CBDR including the need for equitable access to sustainable development," the government said.

"The decisions have also avoided quantitative target for global emissions reduction or global peaking that could place a cap on emissions of developing countries and restrict their development space," it added.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 21:33

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