Rich nations should lead in reducing emission: India
New Delhi: India Thursday expressed disappointment over emission reduction obligations by developed countries, and said rich nations should take the lead in this area.
Studies have revealed that developing countries have pledged more by way of emission cuts than developed nations in the pre-2020 period, Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty, secretary (economic relations) at the ministry of external Affairs, said at the Climate Policy and Business Conclave organised by FICCI.
"This is a complete inversion of the process and goes against the very fundamental principle of common but differentiated responsibility (CBDR)," Chakravarty added.
"I would like to underline that in any future agreement, the annex-1 parties (developed nations) should continue to take leadership and the principle of CBDR should apply," he said.
India has been saying that as per CBDR, developed countries have the historic responsibility of reducing emission of greenhouse gases for they were responsible for polluting the atmosphere. Developing nations should also take measures for reducing emission without compromising their growth.
Chakravarty said the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol - the only legal framework that deals with climate change - was renewed in the Doha climate talks in 2012.
"We are disappointed that the emission reduction obligations undertaken by the annex-I parties in the Kyoto Protocol are not at all ambitious and much more serious emission cuts are required," he said.
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