UN hails In­dia, China’s cli­mate fight when ‘ oth­ers are fail­ing’

In­dia had in 2016 joined the Paris agree­ment on tack­ling cli­mate change

The Asian Age - - Nation -

United Na­tions, Jan. 13: The United Na­tions has hailed In­dia and China for their lead­er­ship role and strong com­mit­ment in fight­ing cli­mate change at a time when “oth­ers are fail­ing”.

Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral An­to­nio Guter­res said the UN has a “very solid com­mit­ment” for cli­mate ac­tion, point­ing out that African na­tions were the big­gest vic­tims of the glob­ally chang­ing weather pat­terns. “We can­not be de­feated by cli­mate change and we are not yet win­ning this bat­tle,” he said yes­ter­day at a cer­e­mony in which Egypt took over the chair­man­ship of the ‘ Group of 77 ( or G77) and China’ from Ecuador.

“And it is clear to me that the big­gest vic­tims of cli­mate change are mem­bers of the G77, namely African coun­tries af­fected by drought or small is­land coun­tries af­fected by the kind of hur­ri­canes that we have seen or the ris­ing lev­els of wa­ters.

“But at the same time, of the largest economies of the world the two largest economies of the G77 are strongly com­mit­ted to the lead­er­ship in cli­mate ac­tion — and I re­fer to China and In­dia,” Mr Guter­res was quoted as say­ing by a UN state­ment.

“In a mo­ment when oth­ers are fail­ing, I see the largest economies of the Group of 77 and China to be as­sum­ing the lead­er­ship in cli­mate ac­tion to make sure that we don’t suf­fer the dra­matic and dev­as­tat­ing im­pacts of cli­mate change, as un­for­tu­nately we are al­ready wit­ness­ing and things will get much worse if we are not able to de­feat this threat,” Mr Guter­res said.

The G77 is the largest in­ter­gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion of de­vel­op­ing coun­tries in the UN. Es­tab­lished on June 15, 1964, the group to­day has 134 mem­bers in­clud­ing In­dia, the world’s third largest emit­ter of green­house gases.

In­dia had in 2016 joined the Paris agree­ment on tack­ling cli­mate change.

The UN chief had on May 31 last year warned world lead­ers that the im­pact of cli­mate change could af­fect food pro­duc­tion, wa­ter se­cu­rity and weather pat­terns “from Canada to In­dia”.

— PTI

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