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’
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.