Ex­perts from Pak, In­dia call for im­ple­ment­ing Bali Dec­la­ra­tion

The Pak Banker - - 2national -

PAK­ISTAN: Ex­perts and jour­nal­ists from Pak­istan, In­dia and other re­gional coun­tries have un­der­lined the need for im­ple­men­ta­tion of Bali Dec­la­ra­tion to save the earth from en­vi­ron­men­tal haz­ards.

Dur­ing a two-day me­dia brief­ing or­ga­nized by Cen­tre for Sci­ence and En­vi­ron­ment here, the ex­perts said in the next few years there was an ap­pre­hen­sion of fast changes in the world en­vi­ron­ment which could cause im­mense dam­age.

The ex­perts urged the United States and other world pow­ers to ful­fill their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in mak­ing the world en­vi­ron­ment free of pol­lu­tion.

They com­pletely op­posed the Copen­hagen meet­ing by say­ing that "it was only a po­lit­i­cal agree­ment."

Speak­ing at the brief­ing, In­dia's Min­is­ter for En­vi­ron­ment and For­est Jairam Ramesh said that the United States was not fol­low­ing any agree­ment on en­vi­ron­ment and had also put aside the Bali Dec­la­ra­tion. The Copen­hagen meet­ing was also a po­lit­i­cal agree­ment be­tween pow­er­ful lob­bies and it was not manda­tory for the coun­tries. Amer­ica did not let any agree­ment to take a fi­nal shape which car­ried any le­gal re­stric­tions.

He pointed out that the U.S also did not ful­fill its prom­ise of giv­ing $ one bil­lion to In­dia on yearly ba­sis to stop en­vi­ron­men­tal degra­da­tion but paid only $ one bil­lion in three years. He called upon the South Asian coun­tries to work to­gether to stop en­vi­ron­men­tal pol­lu­tion. He said he held wide rang­ing talks with his Pak­istani coun­ter­part Hameedul­lah Jan Afridi and it was the re­spon­si­bil­ity of all to join hands to pro­vide a bet­ter en­vi­ron­ment to their peo­ple.

Di­rec­tor Cen­ter of Sci­ence and En­vi­ron­ment Su­nita Narain said that rapid changes in the en­vi­ron­ment of the re­gion are hav­ing ef­fects on the com­mon man and ef­fec­tive steps are not be­ing taken at the govern­ment level to stop de­te­ri­o­ra­tion. -App

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