New Delhi: UPA government`s first National
Development Council (NDC) meeting, to be convened in the first
week of December, will focus on climate change and help the
government in firming up its stand for the Copenhagen
The meeting of the NDC, the highest policy making body in
the country, will help the centre assess the impact of climate
change in states, ahead of the international conference on
"The PMO has been requested to give time for the NDC
meeting. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would visit US on
November 27 for inking climate change agreement with the US.
Thus, it is likely to be scheduled in the first week of
December", a Planning Commission official said.
The NDC meeting, the official said, is likely to be
scheduled in the first week of December because the union
government needs "a detailed assessment of the performance of
states on climate change and energy."
The ministry of environment and forests, he added, has
already started spadework on preparing a detailed note on
the climate change for the NDC meeting.
The NDC meeting is expected to be attended by all Chief
Ministers, cabinet ministers and Planning Commission Deputy
Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia and other members.