New Agreement must respect CBDR Principle : Environment Minister at Press Conference of Basic Nations in Paris
The following is the text of the opening remarks of Union Environment Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar at the press conference of BASIC nations in Paris today:
“Our deliberations in the next 100 hours depend upon our collective wisdom. It is now up to all of us to summon the necessary political will to reach an agreement. India is committed to a successful Paris. I am happy to share this platform with our BASIC colleagues. BASIC stands together for climate ambition, equity and solidarity with all the developing countries.
We have showed through our action that we have aggressively tackled climate change, contributing to dealing with global problems that need our collective efforts.
The Paris agreement that we are negotiating has to be under the Convention. It is for enhanced and sustained implementation. This is fundamental. The new agreement must therefore, fully respect the Convention of principles, in particular, the principle of Common But Differentiated Responsibilities (CBDR), which is our strong position. There is no question of diluting these principles, which continue to remain important.
The new agreement must also meaningfully make these principles effectively operational in its various elements. INDCs and the new agreement cannot be limited to mitigation alone. This is not only about mitigation. There must be equal emphasis on adaptation and support, which is critical.
We remain disappointed with the low level of climate ambition and support provided by developed countries. It is imperative that the developed countries, who have a historical responsibility and also larger capability must make visible efforts in providing financial and technological support to the developing world. But unfortunately it has not come, the way it should have.
India is in favour of a robust mechanism for transparency. However, this mechanism has continued to differentiate between developed and developing countries as per the existing system, which is based on objective guidelines of UNFCCC. The guidelines can be improved upon. The current process has been put in place recently and is yet to be implemented fully. We must first implement it and take the next steps for any possible adjustment.”