India opposes US' move to junk climate treaty

  • Chetan Chauhan, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 01, 2014 01:34 IST

India has opposed US’ move to junk the Kyoto Protocol and a founding principle of the climate convention common but differentiated responsibility (CBDR) at the recently concluded United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) meeting in Nairobi, Kenya.

The stern message from India came even as the Barack Obama administration is keen on building strong relations with the Narendra Modi-led government. Nisha Desai Biswal, the assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asia in Obama Administration had come to India soon after Modi took over as Prime Minister on May 26.

The diplomatic overtones had no bearing on India’s negotiating priorities on climate change as retaining the principle of CBDR — mandatory global warming causing carbon emission cuts for rich nations and voluntary climate mitigation action for the developing world — in future’s climate treaty is the most important agenda for India.

This principle is enunciated through Kyoto Protocol extended till 2020 in Durban two years ago.

Confirming India’s strong stand, environment minister Prakash Javadekar, said, “We vigorously spoke with other countries and apprised them of the adverse implications of the US resolution.”

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