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Climate change: India not satisfied with 'progress' achieved

india Updated: Apr 10, 2009 13:29 IST

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With the developed nations "failing" to commit on emission reduction targets, India has termed the "progress" achieved in tackling climate change as "disappointing" in the perspective of the developing nations.

Also there is no clarity on how much monetary and technical assistance would be assured to developing nations for mitigation and adaptation measures, Shyam Saran, Special Envoy of the Prime Minister on Climate Change, has said. "We have only a few months left in which we must come up with concrete and significant decisions to be adopted by the 15th COP at Copenhagen. The progress achieved so far has been disappointing from our perspective," he said recently during an interaction with media at Bonn. "We still have no clear indication about the emission reduction targets which our developed country parties are ready to commit to," Saran said, according to a statement here.

He also doubted the developed nations' "commitment" to help the developing countries to "enable them to meet the additional burden imposed by adaptation and also to meet the full incremental costs of nationally appropriate mitigation actions."

Instead of waiting for external support in pursuing its sustainable development objectives, India is taking steps on its own, he said, adding, "however, there is no doubt that a supportive and equitable climate change regime would enable us to significantly scale up our own efforts."