PM considering invite to attend climate change summit: Ramesh

Last Updated: Friday, November 27, 2009 - 16:08

New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
is considering an invitation to attend the UN climate change
conference at Copenhagen next month, Environment Minister
Jairam Ramesh has said.

US President Barack Obama and Chinese Premier Wen
Jiabao have already expressed their intention to attend the
15th conference of signatories to the United Nations Framework
Convention on Climate Change slated to kick off on December 9.

"Our prime Minister has received the invitation to go
to Copenhagen. The decision will be his. I am sure he is
considering it. But I know he has been invited to attend the
summit of the heads of the state on December 18," Ramesh said
on the sidelines of CII-ITC Sustainability Awards function
here yesterday.

India, along with other developing nations, have
rejected mandated cuts in carbon emissions arguing that it
would hamper their economic growth. They also stressed that
rich and developed nations should lead the way in cutting
greenhouse gases.

Against the backdrop of China`s decision to cut
greenhouse gas emission ahead of the UN summit on climate
change, India and China are teaming up along with other
developing nations today to have a coordinated approach at the
Copenhagen conference.

"I have been invited by China to hold talks on climate
change. This would presumably be an effort to have coordinated
efforts at the forthcoming Copenhagen talks," the Environment
Minister said.

The conference, to be attended by at least 65 world
leaders, intends to produce a new global climate change treaty
on limiting emissions of greenhouse gases that would replace
the 1997 Kyoto Protocol curbing greenhouse gas emission.

PTI



First Published: Friday, November 27, 2009 - 16:08

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