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Doha: India attempts to bring equity and IPR back to central stage

world Updated: Dec 05, 2012 20:11 IST
Chetan Chauhan

Reviving its core concerns, India on Wednesday valiantly raised the issue of equity, central to the climate deal and copyright in technology transfer, two issues perceived to be falling under the burden of finance and higher emission cuts for rich nations.

Mira Mehrishi, India’s head of climate negotiation at Doha, told ministers at a roundtable that the talks were gripped in a 'crises of confidence' and the central problem was implementing the commitments already made.

Plain-speaking, the additional secretary in the environment ministry said that no funds have flown into the Green Climate Fund created three years ago and there are no resources to make technology transfer mechanism functional and address the concerns over the copyright regime, which is preventing access to cost effective technologies.

"Technologies that can quickly address this challenge are protected by intellectual property right regime," she said, seeking a global mechanism to facilitate access to such technologies.

She also tried to allay the notion being spread by the rich nations that equity does no good, as the principle of historical responsibility for global warming causing emissions is fading with rising emission of the developing world. "Notion of equity is projected in historical responsibility and cannot be projected only in future," she added.

Sunita Narain, director general of Centre for Science and Environment, said that there could not be any future climate deal without equity being its foundation.

"Equity is central Rio principles under which the UN Convention on Climate Change was formulated. Equity in atmospheric space and finances from rich nations to the developing world is important to ensure that vulnerables nations can effectively fight climate change," she said at a side-event organized by CSE at the conference of 200 countries.

Receiving ample support from other developing countries, especially China, Mehrishi urged countries to implement rule based multi-lateral system for the second commitment period of Kyoto Protocol and a new deal to be applicable from 2020.