India calls for caution in future climate talks

Written by ASHOK B SHARMA | New Delhi, December 18: | Updated: Dec 19 2007, 01:51am hrs
India has said that next two years would be crucial for negotiations for a new climate pact which would replace the Kyoto Protocol by 2012.

The 13th meeting of the Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) which concluded in Bali in Indonesia last week has suggested setting up of an ad hoc working group on long-term cooperative action under the Convention. Member countries are required to submit to the UNFCCC secretariat their views regarding the work programme by February 22, 2008 and the ad hoc working group is slated to meet by April, 2008 and subsequently in June, September and December, 2008.

The ad hoc working group would prepare the agenda for meeting of the conference of parties scheduled in Copenhagen in 2009. The Bali conference has deferred the issue of quantifying emission cut under the new climate pact and this could be taken up in the Copenhagen meeting.

Briefing the mediapersons here in Delhi on Tuesday the Union science and technology minister, Kapil Sibal said : We have been successful in Bali in preventing the attempts of the developed countries for diluting the agreement under Kyoto Protocol and trying to make some developing countries to commit emission cuts.

Sibal led the Indian delegation to the Bali conference.

The future agreements would now be consistent with the Kyoto Protocol and the two-track process would continue one for the developed countries for cutting emissions and other for developing countries, he said and added in the next two years we should be careful in negotiations.

Sibal said that as per Bali declaration the mitigation commitments or actions in the developed world would be measurable, reportable and verifiable. The developing countries would continue sustainable development supported and enabled by technology, financing and capacity building in a measurable, reportable and verifiable manner, he said.

Another success was taking the US on board under the Bali roadmap, said Sibal.

However, Sibal said that India would continue its own programme for mitigation and adaptation to combat climate change. The Prime Ministers council on climate change would present an action plan in 2008, he said.

Our action on mitigation in the country is voluntary and without any global commitment, he said and added that global Adaptation Fund was small at $ 60 million.

The Union minister of state for environment and forests, Namo Narain Meena alleged that out of the four pillars mitigation, adaptation, technology transfer and resources the developed world was interested in adaptation.