Rome: India has underlined the need for
interlinking the monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV)
of climate mitigating actions to ensure that the developing
nations have "equitable" access to carbon space.
"I want to emphasis that the issue of MRV cannot be
seen in the absence of another critical issue in the climate
change discussions--the issue of equity," Environment Minister
Jairam Ramesh said at the 7th Major Economies Forum (MEF)
"Without a working paradigm of equitable access to
carbon space, what exactly will be the role and nature of MRV
is far from clear and cannot be agreed," he said.
Smaller groups like MEF are taking up discussions on
substantive issues to arrive at some clear understanding ahead
of the week-long Bonn negotiations on climate change in
He expressed his dismay that the issue of equity,
equitable access to the carbon space/equitable burden
sharing, seems to be sliding out of the negotiating discourse
and emphasised on bringing it back into the mainstream talks.
The Union Minister besides stressing that MRV must
include a determination of an allocative principle and an
equitable allocation of carbon space also argued that
industrialised countries too have to be brought under it for
emissions reduction and financing.
"This is particularly relevant in the context of the
adequacy of actions of developed countries. This is critical
if we are to have an international agreement (on climate
change) at Cancun," later this year, he added.