Experts from Pak, India call for implementing Bali Declaration
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