In­dia wants right to car­bon space to lift its mil­lions from poverty

PM Modi urges na­tion to con­serve en­ergy, says it’s ‘ev­ery­one’s re­spon­si­bil­ity’

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - NATION HTNATION -

Javadekar will raise the is­sue of In­dia’s right to car­bon space in a bid to lift around 300 mil­lion from poverty and en­ergy de­pri­va­tion. Sources said Modi is ex­pected to talk about “car­bon bud­get” and “cli­mate jus­tice” for the poor in his open­ing ad­dress at the sum­mit.

“We want an eq­ui­table and just cli­mate agree­ment,” Javadekar told HT, adding that In­dia will not bow to any kind of pres­sure. “We have asked the rich na­tions to walk the talk on their com­mit­ments as In­dia is al­ready do­ing its bit to fight cli­mate change.”

US lead ne­go­tia­tor Todd Stern said at a news brief­ing this week his coun­try was look­ing for a broad and fully par­tic­i­pa­tory agree­ment, while the Euro­pean Union said on Sun­day they were hop­ing for a bind­ing pact in Paris. The most-vul­ner­a­ble least-de­vel­oped and is­land na­tions, on the other hand, seek a treaty for a cli­mate-re­silient global econ­omy, paving the way for more funds to adapt.

Fol­low­ing this month’s ter­ror at­tacks, France has de­ployed around 1,20,000 se­cu­rity per­son­nel to en­sure a has­sle-free con­fer­ence that of­fi­cially ends on De­cem­ber 11. Al­ready, around 1,000 peo­ple, con­sid­ered se­cu­rity risks, have been re­fused per­mis­sion to en­ter the coun­try.


Demon­stra­tors march to­wards Bran­den­burg Gate in Ber­lin, on Sun­day, the eve of the of­fi­cial open­ing of a UN cli­mate sum­mit in Paris.

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