Sustainable growth not at cost of poor, India says

Jun 26 2014, 22:31 IST
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It has been agreed to establish Green Climate Fund of US USD 100 billion per year by 2020 (Photo: AP) It has been agreed to establish Green Climate Fund of US USD 100 billion per year by 2020 (Photo: AP)
SummaryEfforts to put the global economy on a sustainable path must not be at the cost of the poor...

said that India attaches utmost importance to the evolution of the post-2015 development agenda and strongly believes that it must be an agenda for development which can propel sustained and inclusive economic growth in all countries, particularly developing countries.

"Poverty eradication, which has been identified at Rio+20 as the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development, must remain the central and overarching objective of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the post-2015 development agenda," he said.

He also advocated for making the SDGs and the Post-2015 Development Agenda universal in nature and said that it cannot remain a series of policy prescriptions from the North to the South unlike the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

"A universal agenda means that developed countries must also take on obligations in relevant areas," he said.

He said that the SDGs and the post-2015 development agenda must address the three dimensions of sustainable development - economic, social and environmental - in a balanced manner, both across goals as well as within them.

In terms of global development cooperation, Javadekar said that it is important that aid commitments are not only met in earnest but that they are expanded and extended in the post-2015 period.

He said that India has gone through a democratic transition through world's largest elections, in which 550 million voters exercised their franchise.

"Our PM Narendra Modi has wished this UNEA session a grand success," he said.

The environment minister said that India has its National Climate Action Plan with eight missions -- solar energy , energy efficiency, sustainable habitat, water, Himalayan eco-system, Greening India, sustainable agriculture and strategic knowledge for climate change.

He said that his country's new initiatives relate to integrated coastal development, forest conservation, combating desertification, island development and cleaning the river Ganga.

"We are committed to energy and resource efficient development. We have designed low carbon strategy and have on our own set up ambitious renewable energy targets," the minister said.

Noting that since the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF) is separately assessing the financing requirements of SDGs, he said that India welcomes the decision to hold the third 'Financing for Development' Conference in the middle of next year before the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda.

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