India to seek “climate justice” for developing countries

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Prakash Javadekar
Prakash Javadekar

Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said, India will urge rich nations to deliver “climate justice” for developing countries, at a major environmental conference, in Paris,  later this month.

Javadekar, in an interview with AFP, called on industrialised countries to commit to more stringent targets to free up “carbon space” for the developing world to generate emissions as a necessary byproduct of growth.

“India and the developing world has taken more than their fair share (of responsibility) and the developed world has taken much less than their fair share, much less than their capacity,” the Environment Minister said.

Meanwhile, reacting strongly to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s remark,  Javadekar said, it is in a way unfair to say that India will be challenged. “It is actually not doing justice to India,” he said.

Earlier, State Secretary John Kerry, had said that, India will be a “challenge” in the coming climate change talks in Paris.

“The U.S. is our great friend and strategic partner. His [Kerry’s] comment is unwarranted and unfair. The attitude of some of the developed countries is the challenge for the Paris conclusion,” the Minister told PTI.

The Union minister stressed that there was no question of compromising on India’s stand on climate change. Blaming the “attitude” of the developed countries for the problem, he said, “India was trying to “proactively” forge a consensus on the issue.”

The BJP leader said, while there was no pressure from the developed world on India, the country was also not in the habit of taking pressure from anybody.

“We’ve got a lot of focus on India right now to try to bring them along. India has been more cautious, a little more restrained, in its embrace of this new paradigm, and it’s a challenge,” Mr. Kerry had told an international daily.

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